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Records of Heriot-Watt University
    Papers of Robert Allan Smith

Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management & Museum Service

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Theses and Reports

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GB 0582 HWU 6-9



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Name of creator

Smith | Robert Allan | 1909-1980 | principal of Heriot-Watt University

Biographical History

Biographical History

In 1962, Robert Allan Smith left his post of professor of physics at Sheffield University to become professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the first director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Centre of Materials Science and Engineering. He returned to Great Britain in 1968 to take up the post of Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. His duties included the supervision and approval of some of the theses produced by undergraduates and postgraduate research students at all three institutions.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Theses and Reports consists of:

  • Theses and reports into several scientific subjects including relativistic effects in lead telluride, brillouin scattering in cubic crystals using lasers, spectrum of light scattered from thermal fluctuations in gases and the construction of a superconducting galvanometer (1964-1970)




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