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The Papers of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis

Title The Papers of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis
Reference GBR/0014/WLIS
Creator Wallis, Sir Barnes Neville, 1887-1979, Knight, aeronautical engineer
Covering Dates 1940–1963
Extent and Medium 2 boxes
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Barnes Neville Wallis was born 26 September 1887 the son of Charles George Wallis and Edith Eyre Ashby. He married Mary Frances Bloxam in 1925 and they had two sons and two daughters.

Wallis left school at sixteen with no qualifications, and began working in shipyards. In 1913 he moved to Vickers-Armstrongs Limited to design airships. By 1930 Wallis was working on planes. He is remembered for designing the bouncing bombs used to attack the German dams at Eder and Mohne. After the Dambusters raid in 1943, Wallis moved on to design much bigger bombs such as the Tallboy and the ten-ton Grand Slam bomb. After World War II Wallis led aeronautical research and development at the British Aircraft Corporation until 1971. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1954 and was knighted in 1968. Wallis died 30 October 1979.

Copies of papers written by Wallis in the course of his aeronautical research.

Sir Barnes Wallis deposited these papers at Churchill Archives Centre in March 1966.

These papers have not been arranged.

These papers are owned by the heirs of Wallis.

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 Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, WLIS

Further information

The notes and manuscript of an unpublished biography of Wallis are amongst the Hurren papers held at Churchill Archives Centre, ref. HREN 1/1 - 1/4. The majority of Sir Barnes Wallis' papers (1905 - 1973) are held at the Science Museum in London, http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us/about_the_museum/science_library.aspx

This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue of the papers was compiled by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in May 2003. Information was obtained from " Who Was Who 1897-1996" (A & C Black) and from the papers themselves.

Index Terms
Air Warfare
Military Equipment
Wallis, Sir Barnes Neville (1887-1979) Knight, aeronautical engineer
Churchill/WLIS contains:
1 A Note on a Method of Attacking the Axis Powers. A paper by Barnes Wallis.
1 file.
Jul 1940-Mar 1941
2 Giant Radio Telescope. Discussion of the proposed basic design, in a paper by Wallis, and some correspondence about the project.
1 file.
Sep 1955-Nov 1963
3 The "Swallow" Project: A Variable Geometry Aircraft. A paper produced by the Department of Aeronautical Research and Development, Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Limited, Weybridge, Surrey, England.
1 file.
Apr 1958
4 The Air-Defence of Great Britain: A New Approach. A paper by Wallis for the Department of Aeronautical Research and Development, Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Limited, Weybridge, Surrey, England.
1 file.
13 Jul 1953
5 A Note on a Proposed New Type of Aircraft. A paper by Wallis for the Department of Aeronautical Research and Development, Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Limited, Weybridge, Surrey, England.
1 file.
11 Feb 1957
6 "Wild Goose". Incomplete handwritten manuscript by Barnes Wallis about a new type of aerodyne.
63 folios.
7 Research on the Shape of High Speed Bodies. A paper by Wallis for the Research and Development Department, Vickers-Armstrongs Limited, Weybridge, Surrey, England.
43 folios.
2 Feb 1951
8 The Application of the Aerodynamic Properties of Three Dimensional Bodies to the Stabilization and Control of Aerodynes. A paper by Barnes Wallis.
1 file.

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