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Aberystwyth University
D A Richards Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0982 DAR

Held at: Aberystwyth University

Title: D A Richards Papers

Short Title: D A Richards Papers

Creation date(s): 1919-1961

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.003 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): D A Richards


Administrative/Biographical history: D Aneurin Richards was born in 1909. He received his education at Imperial College, London, where he studied electron diffraction under Professor Thompson. On leaving university, he became a teacher at Ardwyn Grammar School, Aberystwyth.
In 1934, Richards was appointed Assistant Lecturer by the Department of Physics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was made Senior Lecturer in 1957. During the Second World War, he became a Scientific Officer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He contributed greatly to submarine warfare, and was responsible for the design of a new bombsight for use by spotter aeroplanes in attacks on u-boats. His work earned him a government award, and his Low-Level Bomb Sight Mark II is now on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon.
Richards returned to Aberystwyth after the war. During the 1950s, he was nominated as Dean, despite not being a professor. A fierce election campaign ensued, which resulted in Richards' appointment as Aberystwyth's first non-professorial Dean. In 1960, he was awarded a grant of almost £3000 for research into the optical tracking of satellites, and also contributed greatly to the improvement and development of new teaching apparatus. He retired from the department in 1976, and died on November 6th 1981.


Scope and content/abstract: The archive contains glass negatives and photographs of the Aberystwyth area, and of D A Richards and his family; a reprint of a paper by Richards; a diary written by a PhD student and teacher, possibly Richards, during 1932, along with other miscellaneous collected material.


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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 Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Language codes: eng


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Related material: The University of Wales, Aberystwyth Department of Physics Archive is also held by the University, as are the archives of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth Physics Society, and former Professor of Physics, E J Williams.


Note: Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to W M Jones, 'Appreciation: D A Richards', Bulletin of the Institute of Physics , vol.33 (1982) and W M Jones, 'One Hundred Years of Physics at UCW Aberystwyth', unpublished second draft, (1997).

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

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

Physics | Research
Physics | Study and teaching

Personal names
Richards , D. A. (D. Aneurin) , 1909-1981

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


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