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The Papers of Professor Nicholas Kemmer

Title The Papers of Professor Nicholas Kemmer
Reference GBR/0014/KEMM
Creator Kemmer, Nicholas, 1911-1998, Professor of Mathematical Physics
Covering Dates 1938–1988
Extent and Medium 6 archive boxes
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Nicholas Kemmer was born in St Petersburg on 7 December 1911, the only son of late Nicholas P. Kemmer and of Barbara Kemmer (née Stutzer; later Mrs Barbara Classen). In 1922 Kemmer's family settled in Germany and he was educated in Hanover at the Bismarckschule and then at the University of Göttingen. From 1932-1936 Kemmer conducted doctoral research in theoretical physics at the University of Zurich and was then appointed to the Beit Fellowship at Imperial College London.

During the Second World War, Kemmer went to Cambridge (in 1940) to take part in the wartime atomic energy project and in 1944 this work took him to Canada for two years. In 1946 he returned to Cambridge, initially as a Fellow of Trinity College and subsequently as Stokes Lecturer. There he met his future wife, Margaret whom he married in 1947 and with whom he had two sons and one daughter. Kemmer was the Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh from 1953-79, then Professor Emeritus. He died on 21 October 1998.

The collection held at Churchill Archives Centre includes Kemmer's personal and scientific papers.

The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in two stages: in 1995 by Professor Kemmer and then in 2000 by his widow.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Professor Nicholas Kemmer, KEMM

Further information

Hard copies of the finding aid to this collection are available in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London. It is also available on the Janus website http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk.

The collection was box listed in 2001. This collection level description was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in July 2004 using information from Kemmer's entry in Who Was Who (A & C Black) and an obituary of him by Professor Peter Higgs on the University of Edinburgh's website.

Index Terms
Physics
Kemmer, Nicholas (1911-1998) Professor of Mathematical Physics
Churchill/KEMM contains:
Box 1 "[Wolfgang] Pauli Letters". Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Report by Norman Clark on teaching PhDs in Edinburgh. Manuscript copy of Kemmer's article "The interaction of nuclear particles". Family photographs. Photographs and reminiscences concerning Kemmer's father (Nicholas Kemmer). "Wrong interactions": play by Kemmer read by Herbert Frohlich at 70th birthday.
1 box.
Box 2 Personal material (including newspaper cuttings and speeches) 1953-1988. Kemmer's retirement from the University of Edinburgh, 1980. Kemmer's autobiography, 1911-1936. Slide of "The postcard" used by Kemmer in biographical talks about Pauli. Kemmer's manuscript notes on the separation of the double Dirac equation. Kemmer's translation of Christian Morgenstern's poetry. Colour photocopy of the portrait of Kemmer commissioned by Edinburgh University. Photograph of delegates at International Conference on Elementary Particles, Kyoto, Japan, 1970's. Sketch of Nicholas Kemmer (father), copy of "Wrong Interactions" and photograph of International Colloquium on Particle Physics.
1 box.
1953–1988
Box 3 "Unsorted activities": mainly correspondence, 1948-1958 and 1982-1983. Offprints used in Kemmer's research. Correspondence with Gregor Wentzel (Kemmer's tutor in Switzerland).
1 box.
1948–1983
Box 4 Unsorted correspondence including "Greats".
1 box.
1938–1956
Box 5 Duplicate copies of articles by Kemmer and articles used by him in his research (various languages). Kemmer's manuscript scientific notes "overview of field theory".
Box 6 Typescript copies of Kemmer's writings (various languages) (publications, obituaries, book reviews) . Accession 1069:. Letter from Professor Wolfgang Pauli to Kemmer on Kemmer's application for a position in Australia, February 1940. Photos and slides, mostly from the Physics Congress, Zurich. Slide of "The Postcard", used by Kemmer for biographical talks about Pauli. Slide from Japanese Conference, 1966. Note on the first Robert Schlapp lecture in Edinburgh by Lord Penney, and on the Robert Schlapp Fund, administered by Kemmer and others.
1 box.
1940–1966

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