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Sir Edward Victor Appleton

Discovery of radar

Sir Edward Victor Appleton (1892-1965) was Principal of the University of Edinburgh from 1949 until his death. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics for his research which led to the development of radar.

The Appleton Collection includes some 500 books and printed papers, particularly on physics. Scientific texts on electromagnetics and radio feature strongly. Many are copies of articles or publications presented to Professor Appleton. There are also general family books, including a significant number of religious works and some school books. The collection is not catalogued online but a listing is available from staff.

The manuscripts are at MS.2300.