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Bangor University
John Lionel Simonsen Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS JLS

Held at: Bangor University

Title: John Lionel Simonsen Papers

Short Title: John Lionel Simonsen Papers

Creation date(s): c. 1928 - 1960

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 4 items

Name of creator(s): John Lionel Simonsen


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir John Lionel Simonsen (1884-1957), research chemist, was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Manchester University where he later held a research fellowship and lectureship. He was chemist to the Forest Research Institute at Dehra Dun in India and lectured in chemistry at the Presidency College, Madras and at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, which he left in 1928. From 1930 to 1942 he was Professor of Chemistry at University College of North Wales, Bangor. In 1943 he was appointed to the new position of Director of Colonial Products Research, which he held until 1952. From 1945 to 1949 he was simultaneously Secretary of the Chemical Society and a member of the Agricultural Research Council. As a chemist he received many honours, including the Fritzsche Award of the American Chemical Society in 1949 and the Davy Medal of the Royal Society the following year. He was knighted in 1949.


Scope and content/abstract: Comprises documents relating to Sir John Lionel Simonsen. Carved wooden casket presented to Professor Simonsen by his students at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, c. 1928 File of newspaper cuttings etc., including obituary notices from The Times (21 February 1957); Journal of the Royal Society of Arts (no. 4998, vol. cv, 1 March 1957); Proceedings of the Chemical Society (March 1958) and Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society (vol. 5, February 1960), 1943 - 1960 Citation of Sir John Simonsen for the Davy Medal awarded to him by the Council of the Royal Society, 1950 Certificate of the degree of Doctor of Science awarded to Sir John Simonsen by the University of Malaysia, 1953


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 36117 - 36120

Language codes: eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Professor C.J.M. Stirling of the Department of Chemistry, University College of North Wales.



Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, May 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Chemists | Great Britain
Chemists | India

Personal names
Simonsen , J. L. (John Lionel) , b. 1884

Corporate names


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