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MS 338 Papers of Arthur Underwood

Arthur Underwood

Arthur Victor Underwood (1897-1972) was born with the surname Umanski. He trained in mathematics and civil engineering at the University of Leeds. He worked as a chemist for the Ministry of Munitions, 1916-19, then returned to Leeds to complete a Master’s degree. He practised as a ‘research chemist and engineer’ in Kenya, as an independent consultant in Yugoslavia and as a consulting chemical engineer specialising in distillation, teaching part-time in the late 1920s and early 1930s at the London Hackney Institute and UCL. In 1925 Underwood proposed the formation of a ‘Council for Industrial Development’. He was Honorary Secretary of IChemE, 1937-44 and later Chemical Engineer Consultant to the Ministry of Defence (Army). He was awarded an OBE in 1965.

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Underwood’s certificates and awards, 1916-47

Correspondence, 1951-70.

Published papers and articles, book reviews and research notes, 1932-71; articles and book reviews by Underwood, 1935-71

Working and research papers, c.1920s-71, including bibliographical records and abstracts of papers; calculations, notes and drafts/proofs; correspondence; data and some photographs and plans, relating to: alcohol and alcohol fuels, chemical engineering, chemical industries, coal, cracking, hydrogenation and polymerisation, distillation, evaporation, fermentation processes, fuel processing, George E.Davis Medal Lecture, heat transfer, International Heat Transfer Conference, measurement and regulation, Mitchell Cotts Group, petroleum, plastics, separation processes, statistical methods, synthetic processes and solvents, Underwood-Garland scheme for reducing education, Whaling and Flashing System.

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