Authorised form of nameGowing; Margaret Mary (1921 - 1998)
Other forms of nameMargaret
Other forms of surnameElliott
Dates1921 - 1998
Date of birth26/04/1921
Date of death07/11/1998
Research fieldHistory of Science
Portobello Road Elementary School; Christ's Hospital; London School of Economics (LSE). BSc (economics)
Worked for the Board of Trade (1941-1945); became a historian in the Cabinet Office, contributing to the civil economic and socail history of World War II; member of the Committee on Departmental Records (1952) which led to the Grigg Report (1954) and the Public Records Act (1958); Archivist/historian to the UK Atomic Energy Authority (1959), providing her with the opportunity to embark on what was to become her life-work, the history of atomic energy and its social, political and economic implications for peace of war; Reader in Contemporary History, University of Kent (1966); appointed first Professor of the History of Science at Oxford (1972); established, with Nicholas Kurti (FRS 1956) and with the support of the Royal Society, the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, Oxford thenat Bath, now at the Science Museum), and was Honorary Director (1973-1986); on Advisory Council on Public Records (1974-1982); on BBC Archives Advisory Committee (1976-1979); on governing body, Imperial War Museum; Trustee, National Portrait Gallery; elected to Fellowship ofthe British Academy (1975)
CBE 1981
Membership categoryStatute 12
Date of election30/06/1988
Age at election67
Royal Society activityLectures:
Wilkins 1976
RelationshipsMarried (1944) Donald Gowing (died 1969); 2 sons
Obituaries: Isis 90:2 (1999); Times (11 November 1998)
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5966
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1988/47Gowing, Margaret Mary: certificate of election to the Royal Society1988
PB/1/26Miscellaneous correspondence re portraits and photographs of Blackett
PB/1/30Requests for historical / biographical information.1970-1972
PB/4/10/17Correspondence with Margaret Gowing re her history of atomic energy and Blackett's papers, reproduced or referred to therein1972
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