Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS34
TitlePapers of Dr Ernest A. Watson OBE
Extent3 boxes
DescriptionThe papers represent Watson's own selection of his papers which he considered likely to be of historical interest and which are supplemented by explanatory notes written by Watson. The bulk of Watson's professional work is in the reports written for Joseph Lucas Industries; the Memoirs written in 1971 give an interesting and lucid account of Watson's scientific and engineering career. The memoirs relate to many episodes of interest in the early history of engineering enterprises in Britain and America. Other papers include notebooks, typescripts and manuscripts relating to electrical engineering.
ArrangementThe collection is divided roughly in the following sections: memoirs; personal notebooks and papers; papers relating to the Lucas firm.
Access ConditionsOpen. Access to all registered researchers.
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Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryDr Ernest A. Watson, 1887-1975, educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and University of Birmingham, where he obtained an honours degree in mechanical and electrical engineering in 1907, followed by an Master of Science degree at Liverpool University in 1909. In the same year he visited Canada and the United States of America, and joined the firm of Morris and Lister Company in Coventry (the firm was acquired by Joseph Lucas Ltd in 1930). In 1918 Watson was awarded the Order of British Empire for his work on magneto design during the First World War. In 1924 he made a second visit to Canada and the United States. In 1930 Watson became Chief Engineer at Joseph Lucas Ltd, and later Director. He worked on the Whittle Jet engine in 1940. In 1944 he was awarded an honorary D.Sc by University of Birmingham. Dr Watson died in July 1975.

Reference: Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel, Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre Papers of Dr Ernest A. Watson, OBE (The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, 1976).
Custodial HistoryReceived for cataloguing from Watson in 1974-1975 by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre. Deposited in the University of Birmingham Library in 1976.
AcquisitionThis collection was deposited by Dr Watson in 1974.
Related MaterialCadbury Research Library: Special Collections also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.