[W. E. S. Turner, chemist and pioneer of scientific glass technology.] Eight Typed Letters Signed and one Autograph Letter Signed to George Menzies, Secretary, Royal Academy of Arts.

W. E. S. Turner [William Ernest Stephen Turner] (1881-1963), chemist and pioneer of scientific glass technology, founder of the Turner Museum of Glass, Sheffield University [Royal Society of Arts]
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1919, 1920, 1922 (2), 1923 (4) and 1924. Seven on letterheads of the Department of Glass Technology, The University, Darnall Road, Sheffield; the first two (1919 and 1920) on letterheads of the Society of Glass Technology, The University, Sheffield.

See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The fibre-glass dress in which his second wife Helen married him is exhibited in his museum at the University of Sheffield, and was included in the 2010 BBC radio series A History of the Word in 100 Objects. The recipient George Kenneth Menzies (1869-1954) was Secretary to the Royal Society of Arts between 1917 and 1935. The nine items are in good condition, on lightly aged paper, and are folded for postage. All nine are signed 'W. E. S. Turner'. Each bears the stamp of the RSA, some with manuscript docketting.

[W.R. Grove, Welsh Judge and Scientist; [Father of] Fuel Cell Technology] Two Autograph Notes Signed WRGrove, one to an undeciphered name, with references to distinguished colleagues, the other to an unnamed correspondent.

W.R. Grove [Sir William Robert Grove, (1811 – 1896), Welsh judge and physical scientist. [Fuel Cell Technology]
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A. No place given 14 June 1864; B. Abergavenny, Carmarthen, 12 Oct. 1872.

A. Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, some foxing and wear, text clear and complete, but scrawled. For the last two years or more in consequence of suffering severely from [undeciphered illness - see image of pp.1 &3] I have been obliged to give up all [evening?] visiting - [Were it not [?] it would have given me the greatest pleasure to have come to you [?] Colvill [scientist?] on this [?]. | For some reason was printed my coming to the meetings of the R[oyal] S[ociety].

[ Isaac Muende, Harley Street dermatologist; Israel ] Autograph Letter Signed ('I Muende') to 'Asherson' [ Nehemiah Asherson ], on the 'far from rosy' situation of the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) following the Six-day War.

Isaac Muende (1900-1987), Anglo-Israeli dermatologist and philanthropist [ Nehemiah Asherson (1897-1989), English otorhinolaryngologist; the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology ]
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51 Hodford Road, London NW11, on his cancelled Harley Street letterhead. 1 January 1968.

1p., 8vo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight creasing along one edge. The letter concludes in autograph: 'It now seems like decades since we last met! | Kindest regards | from sincerely | I Muende'.

[Printed items.] Nine pamphlets relating to the Yorkshire College, Leeds, Victoria University: five course prospectuses (including Agriculture and Day Classes), four reports (including Agriculture and Textile Industries, Dyeing and Art Classes).

[The Yorkshire College, Leeds; Victoria College; Leeds University; Board of Education Reference Library]
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Five printed by McCorquodale & Co. Limited, Leeds, and three by Jowett & Sowry, Printers and Lithographers, 78 Albion Street, Leeds. Dating from between 1893-1894 and 1903-1904.

The Yorkshire College of Science was founded in 1874, and merged with Owens College, Manchester, and University College, Liverpool, to form Victoria University ten years later. In 1904, King Edward VII granted Leeds University its own Charter as an independent institution. The nine items from the Board of Education Reference Library, and carrying its stamps, shelf-marks and red labels. All nine in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Comprising: ONE. 'Department of Agriculture. Third Report, 1893-4.' 48pp., 8vo. In light-blue printed wraps. TWO. 'Department of Agriculture.

[Printed paper.] Satellite Television Distribution: America Airborne. The 1980 Shoenberg Memorial Lecture of the Royal Television Society. Presented by Andrew F. Inglis, President, RCA American Communications, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey,.

Andrew F. Inglis, President, RCA American Communications, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey [The Royal Institution, London]
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RCA American Communications, 400 College Road East, Princeton, N.J. [At the Royal Institution, London, England.] November 6, 1980.

[3] + 13 + [2]pp., 4to. Twenty-five figures in text, and photograph of Inglis above a brief biography at the rear. Stapled. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. From the Pat Hawker archive, with his ownership inscription on the front cover, and the addition by him of '& CABLE' to the title, also the note by him 'Shows Cable penetration etc.' 'RCA American Communications, Inc., owns and operates the RCA domestic satellite communications system. This consists of two in-orbit satellites plus a growing network of earth stations in major U.S. cities.

Typed Note Signed ('A. C. Egerton') to Dingle, enclosing two pages of typed scientific calculations relating to the annual worldwide consumption of fossil fuels. With carbon copy of Dingle's typed reply.

Sir Alfred Egerton [Sir Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton] (1886-1959), chemist [Professor Herbert Dingle (1890-1978), physicist and President of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1951-1953]
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Note dated 11 March 1944. Note and calculastions on letterheads of Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.

All three items fair, on aged and creased paper. Slight rust-spotting at head of note, and short closed tear to leaf of calculations. Note (12mo, 1 p): He is enclosing 'a few figures' and hopes they are what Dingle wants. The calculations (4to, 2 pp) begin with working out of the 'Annual coal production in world' in therms. This is followed by similar figures for 'Petroleum' and 'Natural gas', giving the 'Total fuel (bar wood and peat) used per annum in the world'.

Four Autograph Letters Signed and one Typed Letter Signed to G[eorge]. K[enneth]. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

William Arthur Bone [THE COAL INDUSTRY]
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31 Oct. 1913 and 6 Feb., 2 March, and 5 and 12 Oct. 1919.; the first three on Imperial College of Science and Technology letterhead, the fourth from St Albans and the fifth from Stockton on Tees.

English scientist (1871-1938), Professor of Chemical Technology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. All items quarto and very good, though lightly grubby, creased and stained in places. All five docketed and bearing the Society's stamp. LETTER ONE (one page): He will be happy to give 'a course of Cantor lectures [...] on the subject of "Surface Construction" provided that you will put in the requisite gas & air services at your cost for the practical Demonstration'.

Typed Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, together with unsigned carbon copy of the secretary's reply.

Captain Basil Rupert Willett [MARCONI; RADAR]
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Letter: 9 July 1947, on letterhead of 'MARCONI'S WIRELESS TELEGRAPH COMPANY LIMITED'; carbon copy: 10 July 1947, no place.

Willett (died 1966) and C. E. Horton were the two Royal Navy representatives to whom, in the autumn of 1940, it was demonstrated that the 10cm ground-based, experimental radar equipment could track ships. LETTER (one page, octavo, creased and grubby, with staple holes to one corner, stamped and docketed): Acknowledges a letter of 4 July, and is 'honoured to accept the invitation of the Council of the Royal Society of Arts to seek election as a Fellow of the Society'. Encloses a 'Form of Proposal' and a cheque (neither present) and suggests the setting up of a banker's order.

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