Reference numberMS/906
TitleSome correspondence and papers of Norman Sheppard FRS
CreatorSheppard, Norman (1921-2015)
DescriptionA selection of correspondence and draft versions of papers, predominantly related to Sheppard's non-research related activities following retirement, including the history and philosophy of science.
Extent3 MS large boxes.
FormatComputer printout
Access statusPartially closed
Access conditionsPapers remain closed for 30 years from the date of creation. If you are interested in viewing material which would now be open, please contact the library of the Royal Society.
Administrative historyBorn in Hull, Sheppard attended Hymer's College before obtaining first class honours in Chemistry at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. Undertook wartime research on natural and synthetic rubbers and obtained a research studentship from the Dunlop Rubber Company. Sheppard completed his thesis in 1947 and remained at Cambridge in the Department of Colloid Science (1948-1955) before moving to the University Chemical Laboratory (1955-1964), becoming Assistant Director of Research in Spectroscopy, and obtaining a teaching fellowship from Trinity College.

From 1964-1986 Sheppard was based at the University of East Anglia as Dean of the School of Chemical Sciences and Professor of Chemical Sciences, Head of Chemical Physics Sector. His research work mainly related to the analysis of the vibrational spectroscopies of molecules for the use of, or as background to, the application of these techniques to determine chemical structures. Sheppard was very active within the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967. Shortly before retirement he developed an interest in the history of science, leading to a corresponding interest in the philosophy of science.
Related records in the catalogueMS/913
Fellows associated with this archive
NA4397Sheppard; Norman (1921 - 2015)1921 - 2015
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