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Authorised form of nameSoddy; Frederick (1877 - 1956)
Dates1877 - 1956
NationalityBritish
Place of birthEastbourne, Sussex, England
Date of birth02 September 1877
Place of deathBrighton, Sussex
Date of death26/09/1956
Research fieldRadiochemistry
ActivityEducation:
Chemistry MA (Oxon)
Career:
Prior to WW1 worked on potential effects of the release of atomic energy, working with Ernest Rutherford at McGill in 1901 and publishing 8 papers setting out the 'Disintegration Theory of Atomic Transmutation' for which Rutherford received the Nobel Prize; Glasgow University (1904-1914) studied the displacements in the periodic table through radioactive changes leading to his theory of chemically identical elements with different atomic weights, which he called isotopes receiving the Nobel Prize in 1921; involved in the Le Play Society; established the Frederick Soddy Trust by his will, giving grants to groups studying the whole life of a community
Medals and prizes:
Nobel Prize (Chemistry) 1921
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election05/05/1910
RelationshipsSon-in-law of Sir George Thomas Beilby (FRS 1906)
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
AssocMaterial:
CSAC 14/8/74. Papers deposited in the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Obituaries:
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1957 vol 3 pp 203-216, plate, by Alexander Fleck
References:
B Bleaney, FRS, 'Two Oxford science Professors, F Soddy and JSE Townsend' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 83-88, plate
Brebis Bleaney, 'The Physical Sciences in Oxford, 1918-1939 and Earlier' in NR 1994 vol 48 pp 247-261
S Devons, 'Rutherford and the Science of His Day' in NR 1991 vol 45 pp 221-242
N Feather, 'Isotopes, Isomers and the Fundamental Law of Radioactive Change' in NR 1977-8 vol 32 pp 225-231
Edmund J Bowen, 'The Balliol-Trinity Laboratories, Oxford 1853-1940' in NR 1970 vol 25 pp 227-236
Sir Harold Hartley, 'The Ramsay Centenary' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 71-80
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/5014335
Royal Society codeNA8018
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1910/15Soddy, Frederick: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/000477Soddy, FrederickJune 1952
M/252Soddy, Frederick - Nobel Prize Medal 1921
NLB/26/860Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to, [Frederick] Soddy, [Fellow of the Royal Society]13 June 1903
NLB/23/2/476Copy letter from Joseph Larmor, to Sir William Ramsay, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Frederick Soddy, [Fellow of the Royal Society]5 May 1904
MS/3/1'Physical chemistry. Prof[essor] Soddy. Chiefly Michaelmas Term 1922' notebook of Arthur Mourant 1922
NLB/30/297Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Frederick Soddy, [Fellow of the Royal Society]28 February 1905
NLB/33/811Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Dr Frederick Soddy, [Fellow of the Royal Society] Chemical Laboratory, University, Glasgow7 November 1906
NLB/33/849Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Frederick Soddy, [Fellow of the Royal Society], The University, Glasgow13 November 1906
NLB/43/86Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Professor Frederick Soddy, Fellow of the Royal Society4 November 1910
NLB/42/377Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Messrs Harrison & Sons1 June 1910
NLB/42/403Copy letter from Theodore E James to Messrs Harrison & Sons6 June 1910
NLB/58/608Copy letter from Edwin Deller, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS28 May 1920
NLB/52/640Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor Frederick Soddy, FRS2 February 1916
RR/27/70Referee's report by Frederick Soddy, on a paper 'Metal sols in non-dissociating liquids. I - Nickel in toluene and benzene' by Emil Hatschek and P C L ThorneDecember 1922
MS/929/1/185Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson21 January 1905
MS/929/1/182Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, 184 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, to James Mackenzie Davidson22 July 1903
MS/929/1/187Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson23 February 1905
MS/929/1/188aIllustration from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson10 March 1905
MS/929/1/194Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson11 January 1912
MS/929/1/181Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, University College, Chemical Laboratory, Gower Street, to James Mackenzie Davidson9 July 1903
MS/929/1/190Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson30 May 1909
MS/929/1/193Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson28 November 1911
MS/929/1/192Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson18 November 1911
MS/929/1/191Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson14 January 1910
RR/33/106Referee's report by Frederick Soddy, on a paper 'Adsorption experiments with radium D and Radium E' by John P McHutchisonJanuary 1926
MS/929/1/186Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson1 February 1919
NLB/64/257Copy letter from William Bate Hardy, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS1 March 1923
NLB/60/301Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS13 January 1921
NLB/60/325Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS20 January 1921
NLB/57/286Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to unknown correspondent9 October 1919
RR/45/32Referee's report by Frederick Soddy, on a paper 'The decay constant of Uranium II' by C H Collie[January 1931]
NLB/64/120Copy letter from William Bate Hardy, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS1 February 1923
NLB/64/137Copy letter from William Bate Hardy, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS7 February 1923
NLB/64/243Copy letter from William Bate Hardy, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS27 February 1923
RR/68/156Referee's report by an unnamed referee, on a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy[1941]
RR/68/155Letter from Alexander Craig Aitken, to Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, regarding a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy8 August 1941
RR/68/254Referee's report by George Barker Jeffery, on a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy25 September 1942
RR/68/154Referee's report by Alexander Craig Aitken, on a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy7 August 1941
RR/68/151Letter from Godfrey Harold Hardy, to Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, regarding a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy19 August 1941
NLB/69/388Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Frederick] Soddy, FRS26 March 1926
RR/68/255Referee's report by Alexander Craig Aitken, on a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy11 November 1942
NLB/66/29Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS11 February 1924
NLB/67/855Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to W. J. Hancock Esq.; Forrest Avenue, Perth, Western Australia27 March 1925
NLB/69/567Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Frederick] Soddy, FRS9 June 1926
NLB/69/352Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Frederick] Soddy, FRS16 March 1926
NLB/69/554Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Frederick] Soddy, FRS7 June 1926
NLB/72/381Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS18 September 1929
NLB/33/823Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Frederick Soddy, [Fellow of the Royal Society]8 November 1906
NLB/42/433Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to J [Joseph] Barcroft, FRS [Fellow of the Royal Society]13 June 1910
RR/28/69Referee's report by Frederick Soddy, on a paper 'Experiments on the emission of electrons under the influence of chemical action' by Manfred Brotherton[January 1924]
MS/929/1/184Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson26 November 1904
MS/929/1/188Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson10 March 1905
MS/929/1/189Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, Chemical Laboratory, Glasgow University, to James Mackenzie Davidson24 December 1905
MS/929/1/183Letter from Frederick Soddy, FRS, 184 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, to James Mackenzie Davidson31 July 1903
RR/68/153Letter from Sydney Chapman, to Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, regarding a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy28 March 1941
RR/68/256Letter from Godfrey Harold Hardy, to John David Griffith Davies, regarding a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy9 September 1942
NLB/64/54Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Frederick] Soddy, FRS24 January 1923
RR/17/102Referee's report by Hugh Longbourne Callendar, on a paper 'Calcium as an absorbent of gases for the production of high vacua and spectroscopic research' by Frederick Soddy[September 1906]
NLB/69/480Copy letter from Sir Ernest Rutherford, President of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Frederick] Soddy, FRS29 April 1926
RR/68/152Referee's report by Godfrey Harold Hardy, on a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy[August 1941]
RR/68/253Memoranda, on a paper 'The summation of infinite harmonic series' by Frederick Soddy20 November 1942
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