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Papers relating to Wilfrid Basil Mann

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MS. 8238
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Papers comprise:

  1. File 1: Correspondence, primarily with American physicists, 1938-1962: Ernest O. Lawrence, M. Stanley Livingston, Lief Tronstad, Gerd Vold, Joseph G. Hamilton, Robert Oppenheimer, Donald Cooksey, Edwin M. McMillan and K.R. Mackenzie. Also typescript tribute to Lief Tronstad on the twentieth anniverary of his death, 1965.
  2. File 2: Copy of Mann's dissertation, 'The Transfer of Heat Energy across a Metal-Gas Interface', Imperial College of Science, London, [1934], bound with three offprints, 'Bubble Formation in Glass Tubes' by W.B. Mann and R.W.B. Stephens (Philosophical Magazine, ser. 7, vol. xv, p. 143, Jan 1933), 'The Thermal Conductivities of the Saturated Hydrocarbons in the Gaseous State' by W.B. Mann and B.G. Dickins (Proceedings of the Royal Society, A, vol. 134, 1931) and 'A Note on a Mercury Rheostat' by W.B. Mann (Journal of Scientific Instruments, vol. VIII, no. 11, Nov 1931).
  3. File 3: Corrected galley proof of Mr Tomkins Learns the Facts of Life by George Gamow, 1952.


  • Creation: 1931-1965


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 8238

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CMD ID 8238


Papers relating to Wilfrid Basil Mann, 1931-1965.

Biographical / Historical

Wilfrid Basil Mann was born on 4 August 1908 in London and studied maths and physics at Imperial College, London, completing a doctorate in physics in 1934. He undertook graduate research in Copenhagen and at Berkeley, California, where he worked on the cyclotron with Ernest Lawrence. His research led to the discovery of the radioisotope gallium-67.

Following the outbreak of World War II Mann was assigned as the physicist to the British Central Scientific Office at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. After the war he was the UK delegate to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission until 1951 when he joined the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC, as head of the Radioactivity Section.

Mann became an American citizen in 1959 and died on 29 March 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian in 2011 and 2013 by Kristine Mann Kullberg, daughter of Wilfrid Basil Mann.

Catalogue of Papers relating to Wilfrid Basil Mann
Lucy McCann
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Edition statement
First edition.

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