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Mathematical papers of Theodore William Chaundy


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The papers consist almost entirely of lectures on mathematics delivered in the University of Oxford. Some have annotations and revisions, perhaps with a view to publication. A photocopy of an obituary of Chaundy which appeared in a Christ Church Report 1971 has been included with the collection.


  • 1910-1951


1.62 Linear metres (9 Boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. b. 119].
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MSS. Eng. misc. b. 119-127

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13607


Mathematical papers of Theodore William Chaundy (1889-1966), 1910-1951.

Biographical / Historical

Theodore William Chaundy, 1889-1966, was an English mathematician who introduced the Burchnall-Chaundy theory. He attended Oxford High School for Boys and read mathematics at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1910 he was appointed Lecturer in Mathematics at Christ Church; from 1912-1947 he served as an Official Student and Tutor in Mathematics. He was University Lecturer in Mathematics, 1927-1947, and University Reader in Mathematics, 1947-1956.

His publications include The Differential Calculus (1935), The Printing of Mathematics (1954), and Elementary Differential Equations (1969).


Chaundy kept the lectures in files with his name and address and usually a date; he classified them by a letter and subscript numeral. The alphabetical sequence has been retained, although it does not correspond with chronological order; work classified under one letter group may span several years, while incomplete sequences (e.g. 'B' or 'N') appear to indicate that some lectures are missing. Some files contained loose notes, calculations or correspondence; these have been extracted and appear as separate items immediately following the relevant file.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were received from Mrs. Chaundy.
Mathematical papers of Theodore William Chaundy
1975, EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom