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Archive of the E.A. Milne Society


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Administrative and financial papers, correspondence, and publicity material for the lectures.


  • Creation: 1975-1999


0.88 Linear metres (8 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. b. 2070, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. b. 2108, c. 6861, d. 3410-3412, e. 3352-3354

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11330


Papers of the E.A. Milne Society, 1975-1999.

Biographical / Historical

The E.A. Milne Society was founded by Milne's granddaughter, Miranda Weston-Smith, in January 1977 to commemorate the work of Professor Edward Arthur Milne (1896-1950) mathematician and natural philosopher - see Dictionary of National Biography. Miranda Weston-Smith acted as secretary and treasurer to the Society while Sir Hermann Bondi and others served as the committee and the Warden of Wadham as patron of the Society. The Society established an annual Milne lecture given at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford, under the patronage of Wadham College and the Mathematical Institute, and with the sponsorship of IBM (UK). The inaugural Milne lecture was delivered by Sir Fred Hoyle in January 1978. Most of the lectures were published after delivery in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. The Society continued until 1996, the centenary year of Milne's birth, when the twentieth and final lecture was delivered by Sir Roger Penrose. All twenty lectures were published,with some alterations and addenda, as The Universe Unfolding (Oxford, 1998), edited by Sir Hermann Bondi and Miranda Weston-Smith.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by E.A. Milne's granddaughter, Miranda Weston-Smith, 1999

Related Materials

The correspondence and papers of E.A. Milne are also in the Bodleian, see MSS. Eng. misc. b. 423-429, c. 870-872, d. 1277


Catalogue of the archive of the E.A. Milne Society, 1975-1999
Finding aid prepared by Anna Petre
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom