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Authorised form of nameAston; Francis William (1877 - 1945)
Dates1877 - 1945
NationalityBritish
Place of birthHarborne, Birmingham, England
Date of birth01 September 1877
Place of deathCambridge
Date of death20/11/1945
Research fieldPhysics
ActivityEducation:
Malvern College; Mason College (later Birmingham University). MA (Camb); DSc (Birm)
Career:
Forster Scholar studying optical rotation (1898-1900); research assistant to Sir Joseph John Thomson (FRS 1884), Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge; Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough (during World War 1); Research Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1920); member of eclipse expeditions
Medals and prizes:
Nobel Prize (Chemistry) 1922
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election12/05/1921
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Hughes Medal 1922; Royal Medal 1938
Lectures:
Bakerian 1927
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
AssocMaterial:
NCUACS 101/6/01. Papers deposited Cambridge University Library (covering the period 1911-1945)
Obituaries:
Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 1945-1948 vol 5 pp 635-650, plate, by G Hevesy
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/32095482
Royal Society codeNA6125
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1921/08Aston, Francis William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/000147Aston, Francis Williamnd
IM/003949Group photographnd
RR/37/34Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'Aston's pakcing fractions and their interpretation' by A C BurtonJuly 1928
NLB/61/130Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS; Trinity College, Cambridge18 May 1921
RR/65/222Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'Nitrogen, argon and neon in the earth’s crust with applications to cosmology' by Robert John Strutt, Lord RayleighFebruary 1939
NLB/60/210Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS; Cavindish Laboratory, Cambridge22 December 1920
RR/41/11Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'X-ray studies of the structure of hair, wool, and related fibres.- I. General' by W T Astbury and A Street1930
NLB/60/300Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS; Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge13 January 1921
RR/57/61Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'An automatic ionization spectrometer' by W A Wooster and A J P Martin[January 1936]
NLB/60/665Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS; Trinity College, Cambridge11 March 1921
RR/44/130Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'The atomic weight of xenon' by Robert Whytlaw- Gray and Hubert Sutton PattersonAugust 1931
RR/48/83Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'The electrical condition of hot surfaces. Part VI.—A gold surface catalysing the combustion of carbonic oxide' by George Ingle Finch and B W Bradford[November 1933]
RR/51/85Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'The electrical condition of hot surfaces during the adsorption of gases. Part V.—The charging up of hot surfaces' by J C Stimson[November 1933]
NLB/61/828Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to H. F. Baker Esquire; Walcott, Storey's Way, Cambridge1 November 1921
RR/65/286Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'The separation of isotopes for the investigation of nuclear transmutations' by E Leighton Yates1938
NLB/63/788Copy letter from Sir David Prain, Treasurer of the Royal Society and FRS; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS15 December 1922
NLB/63/561Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society and FRS; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS04 November 1922
NLB/68/450Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr [Francis William] Aston, FRS, Secretary of the Cambridge Philosophical Society13 July 1925
NLB/64/515Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS30 April 1923
NLB/65/504Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Lord Rayleigh [Robert John Strutt], FRS9 November 1923
NLB/67/123Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Dugald Clerk, KBE, FRS; also sent to [Sydney] Chapman FRS; [Frederick George] Donnan FRS; [Francis William] Aston FRS; [George Clarke] Simpson FRS; [Henry Hallett] Dale FRS; [James Hartley] Ashworth FRS; [Frederick Frost] Blackman FRS; [John Beresford] Leathes FRS30 October 1924
NLB/70/658Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr [Francis William] Aston, FRS21 June 1927
NLB/68/955Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr [George William Clarkson] Kaye, OBE; National Physical Laboratory, Teddington8 December 1925
NLB/73/81Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS22 November 1930
NLB/73/328Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Francis William] Aston, FRS5 June 1931
NLB/65/823Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Lord Rayleigh [Robert John Strutt], FRS11 January 1924
NLB/52/549Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Francis William Aston Esquire; Farnborough11 January 1916
RR/20/10Referee's report by Charles Vernon Boys, on a paper 'A simple form of micro-balance for determining the densities of small quantities of gases' by Francis William AstonNovember 1913
NLB/38/196Copy letter from Archibald Geikie, to Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, Fellow of the Royal Society25 June 1908
NLB/60New Letter Book volume 60, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration2 December 1920-26 April 1921
NLB/65/766Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Lord Rayleigh [Robert John Strutt], FRS21 December 1923
IM/002442Group Photographnd
RR/28/62Referee's report by Francis William Aston, on a paper 'The behaviour of gases in contact with glass surfaces' by D H Bangham and F P Burt5 December 1923
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