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L. H. Gray Papers

Identifier: MS-0642

  • Staff Only

This collection contains correspondence, published articles, manuscripts, and experimental notebooks documenting scientist L. H. Gray's scientific work. Most of this work took place during his tenure as the first Director of the British Empire Cancer Campaign Research Unit in Radiobiology (1954-65), where he was free to choose his own research topics. Gray also corresponded with many notable scientists, including Sir James Chadwick (who discovered the neutron), and Ernest Rutherford (who discovered the proton). This collection also includes an extensive body of papers by D. E. Lea, another of Gray's colleagues.


  • 1932-1965
  • Majority of material found within 1944-1965

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33 Linear Feet (33 record boxes)


The collection includes: correspondence; minutes of meetings; records of commissions, congresses, and symposiums; lectures; publications; manuscripts; reprints of articles and pamphlets; experimental notebooks; research notes; and biographical papers relating to L. H. Gray's career.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965) was an eminent English physicist and radiobiologist. He published the collected papers of Douglas Lea (1966), and has an annual conference named after him at St. Catherine's College, Cambridge UK.


This collection contains 33 boxes divided into twelve series:
Series I: Professional Organizations, Committees, and Advisory Boards, 1939-1965, is made up of three sub-series - Sub-series A: Hospital Physicists Association Material; Sub-series B: Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee Materials; and Sub-series C: Other Professional Organization.
Series II: Commissions, Congresses, Conferences, and Symposiums, 1934-1965, is made up of two sub-series - Sub-series A: International Commission on Radiological Units; and Sub-series B: Other Meetings.
Series III: Schools and Institutes, 1946-1963, contains materials regarding Leeds University, The National Institute of Canada, and the Royal Society of Medicine.
Series IV: Lectures and Professional Visits, 1946-1964, houses documents relating to global travel and lecture titles.
Series V: Publications, 1953-1961, contains materials from the British Journal of Radiology, the British Journal of Cancer, and the Biochemical Journal.
Series VI: Collected Revenue, 1954-1956, contains reprints of pamphlets, diagrams, and journals.
Series VII: Other Correspondence, 1934-1936, contains an alphabetized list of correspondence by last name.
Series VIII: Medical Research Council Material, 1941-1965, contains materials from the Nuclear Physics Committee, the Protection Committee, and numerous sub-committees.
Series IX: Other Experiments, 1932-1962, contains materials from experiments on x-rays, bean roots, and neutrons.
Series X: Papers by D. E. Lea, 1934-1945, contains materials collected by or related to D. E. Lea.
Series XI: Biographical Papers, undated, contains other biographical papers such as obituaries.
Series XII: Experimental Notebooks, contains four undated experiment notebooks.

Acquisition Note

The papers of Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965) were purchased with federal assistance in January 1971 for the Archives of Radiation Biology. Dr. Alexander Hollaender of Oak Ridge National Laboratory assembled the collection for the University of Tennessee.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA