Bernal, J. D. (John Desmond), 1901-

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John Desmond Bernal, 1901-1971. Physicist (crystallography), Professor of physics at Birkbeck College, 1937-1963 and professor of crystallography at Birkbeck from 1963-1968. He published books and pamphlets on the role that science could play in society. He was a founder member of the World Peace Council, holding the presidency from 1958-1965. He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, 1958.

From the description of Papers, 1950-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80453315

Crystallographer and Fellow of the Royal Society. Died, 1971.

From the description of Correspondence with W. T. Astbury, 1941-1954. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81949210

John Desmond Bernal, 1901-1971, was born in Nenagh, Ireland and educated at Bedford School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He embarked on a career in crystallography, becoming a lecturer and later Assistant Director of Research in Crystallography at Cambridge, 1934-1937, Professor of Physics at Birkbeck College, 1937-1963, and Professor of Crystallography at Birkbeck 1963-1968. He was made Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1965, and Fellow of Birkbeck College in 1969. He was also interested in the role that science could play in society and published books and pamphlets on this subject. He was a founder member of the World Peace Council, holding the presidency 1958-1965, and was awarded the Lenin Prize for Peace in 1958.

From the guide to the BERNAL, John Desmond, 1901-1971, physicist, 1939-1966, (British Library of Political and Economic Science)

John Desmond Bernal (1901-1971) was born on 10 May 1901. He attended Cambridge University, 1919-1923, before working in the Davy Faraday Laboratory, London, 1923-1927. He was appointed Lecturer in Structural Crystallography at Cambridge in 1927, and Assistant Director of Research in Crystallography, Cambridge, 1934. He was made Professor of Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, in January 1938. During the War Bernal worked in the Ministry of Security, as a member of the Civil Defence Research Committee, 1939; at Bomber Command, 1941; and in Combined Operations, April 1942. He returned to Birkbeck in 1945, and carried out research at the Davy Faraday Laboratory, before working at the Biomolecular Research Laboratory, Torrington Square, opened in 1948. He was made Professor of Crystallography at Birkbeck College in September 1963. Bernal retired from Birkbeck in 1968, and died on 15 September 1971.

From the guide to the John Desmond Bernal: Scientific and Personal Papers, 20th century, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Bernal, 1901-1971.

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referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
referencedIn Fankuchen, Isidor, 1904-1964. Papers, 1932-1964. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf World Congress for General Disarmament and Peace (1962 : Moscow). Correspondence, 1962, from Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Hodgkin, Dorothy, 1910-1994. Papers of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, 1928-1993. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf World Congress for General Disarmament and Peace (1962 : Moscow). Letters, 1962, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Seligman, Gerald Abraham, 1886-1973. Papers, 1936-1938. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Zuckerman Archive: Ministry of Home Security, Research & Experiments Department Oxford, 1906-1981 University of East Anglia
creatorOf BERNAL, John Desmond, 1901-1971, physicist, 1939-1966 British Library of Political and Economic Science
referencedIn BERNAL, Professor John Desmond (1901-1971), [1944] King's College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
creatorOf Bernal, J. D. (John Desmond), 1901-. Letter, 1946, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Bernal, J. D. (John Desmond), 1901-. Papers. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Bernal, J. D. (John Desmond), 1901-. Papers, 1950-1966. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Zuckerman Archive: RAF Bombing Survey Unit, 1892-1983 University of East Anglia
referencedIn Papers and correspondence of Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin, 1910-1994, 1928-1993 Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn BERNAL EILEEN FL 1938 - 1972, 1938-1972 British Library of Political and Economic Science
creatorOf Bernal, J. D. (John Desmond), 1901-. Correspondence with W. T. Astbury, 1941-1954. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Charles Humboldt papers, 1935-1963 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Humboldt, Charles, 1910-1964. Charles Humboldt papers, 1935-1963 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Van Sickle, Leftist Pamphlet Collection, 1900-1993 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
referencedIn University of Oxford. Alembic Club,. Records, 1904-1973. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Bragg, William Lawrence, Sir, 1890-1971. Papers. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf John Desmond Bernal: Scientific and Personal Papers, 20th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn John Desmond Bernal: Scientific and Personal Papers, 20th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Sir William Lawrence Bragg and others: Correspondence and Papers, 20th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
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Birth 1901-05-10

Death 1971-09-15

Irish (Republic of Ireland)

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