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Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Title: Frederick Soddy Papers,
Date(s): 1920-1956 (inclusive).
Quantity: .25 cubic feet (1 half letter size document box)
Language of materials: Records are in English.
Abstract: Frederick Soddy (1877-1956) was a chemist and Nobel Prize winning radioactive decay and radium emanation researcher. Papers reflect work on Soddy's memoirs by author Muriel Howorth, including correspondence with Soddy as well as with other scientists.
- Archives of Frederick Soddy, 1894-1958, CSAC 14.8.74, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, United Kingdom.
Frederick Soddy (1877-1956), was educated at Eastbourne College, Eastbourne, England; the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales; and Merton College, Oxford, England. Soddy taught chemistry, physical chemistry, and courses on radioactivity at: McGill University, Montreal, Canada; University College London, England; the University of Glasgow, Scotland; the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; and Oxford University, England. Until his retirement from Oxford in 1937, Soddy worked in the field of radioactivity, doing early work with Ernest Rutherford and William Ramsay on radioactive decay and radium emanation. He is responsible for the "Displacement Law" and was one of the first to work on the idea of the isotope. In 1921, Soddy was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to our knowledge of the chemistry of radioactive substances, and his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes.
The Frederick Soddy papers, 1920-1956 (inclusive), consist of correspondence between Frederick Soddy and author Muriel Howorth on the subject of Soddy's memoirs, which Howorth was compiling for her 1958 publication Pioneer research on the atom; Rutherford and Soddy in a glorious chapter of science; the life story of Frederick Soddy, M.A., LL.D., F.R.S., Nobel laureate (London: New World Publications).Materials entirely in English.