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Aberystwyth University
Professor Lily Newton Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0982 LW

Held at: Aberystwyth University

Title: Professor Lily Newton Papers

Short Title: Professor Lily Newton Papers

Creation date(s): 1846-1977

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.19 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Lily Newton


Administrative/Biographical history: Lily Newton, was born on the 26th of January 1893. She was educated at Colston's Girls School, Bristol and then attended the University of Bristol.
In 1919, Newton became an assistant lecturer in Botany at her fromer University. The following year, she took up a lectureship in Botany at Birbeck College, University of London, where she remained until 1923. This was followed by a period as a research worker in natural history at the Imperial College of Science and the British Museum.
In 1925, she married William Charles Frank Newton, but was widowed only two years later. 1928 saw Newton move to Aberystwyth, taking a post as a lecturer in botany at the University of Wales. By 1930, she was the University's Professor of Botany.
Newton became Vice-Principal of the University of Wales in 1951, and in 1952 took on the role of Acting Principle, which she held until the September of the following year. The University of Wales, Aberystwyth made Newton an Emeritus Professor in 1959, and she received an Honorary LLD from the University of Wales in 1973.
Beyond her academic career, Newton held the presidency of various societies, including Section K of the British Association, 1949; the British Phycological Society, 1955-7, and the UK Federation for Education in Home Economics, 1957-63.
Newton published widely on plant distribution and seaweeds, and her work has appeared in a number of academic journals. She also undertook research work pertaining to the pollution problems of the River Rheidol, Cardiganshire. She died at her Swansea home on the 26th of March 1981.


Scope and content/abstract: The fonds contains Professor Lily Newton's research material on pollution levels in the River Rheidol and Nant-y-Moch reservoir, Cardiganshire, Wales; her work on the submerged forest at Borth and Ynyslas, Cardiganshire, and the notes of F N Campbell-James, upon which her work was based; and a large number of printed scientific journals collected by herself and by the University of Wales Botany Department.


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Conditions governing access: The papers may be consulted through application to Information Services, Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DZ, Tel: 01970 622399, Fax: 01970 622404, E-mail:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Basic finding aid available at the Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Language codes: eng ger fre swe


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Note: Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to Who Was Who , Vol.VIII, 1981-90, (London: A and C Black, 1981).

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

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

Botany | Research
Botany | Wales

Personal names
Newton , Lily

Corporate names
University College of Wales (Aberystwyth, Wales) | Dept. of Botany


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