Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)OLLAdd
TitleLetters Additional of Sir Oliver Lodge
Extent222 items
DescriptionArtificial collection of letters and other papers of and relating to Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge (1851-1940), physicist and Principal of the University of Birmingham
ArrangementThis collection is catalogued at item or file level and the individual documents are numbered in a single numerical sequence which reflects the order in which they were acquired. The items in this collection are mounted in fascicules
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA catalogue of the items in this collection is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue, or view the catalogue as a PDF file by clicking in the document field below. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryOliver (Joseph) Lodge (1851-1940) was born in Penkull, Staffordshire in 1851, the eldest of eight sons and a daughter of Oliver Lodge of Wolstanton, Staffordshire and his wife, Grace (nee Heath). His siblings included Alfred Lodge (1854-1937), mathematician, Frank Lodge, Sir Richard Lodge (1855-1936), historian and Eleanor Constance Lodge (1869-1936), historian and principal of Westfield College, London. Oliver was educated at Newport Grammar School, Shropshire and University College, London and was awarded a DSc in 1877. He was appointed as Professor of Physics at the University College, Liverpool, 1881-1900 and then became Principal of the University, 1900-1919.

As a scientist, his research included the development of the wireless and telegraphy and experiments on relative motion of matter and ether. His psychical research was also influential. He published extensively and his publications included 'The Ether of Space' (1909); 'Making of Man' (1924); 'Advancing Science' (1931); 'Past Years, an autobiography' (1931).

He served as President of a range of societies including President of the Society for Psychical Research, 1901-1904 and 1932 and President of the British Association, 1913-1914. He received numerous awards including honorary degrees from British and other universities, he was a Farady Medallist and he was knighted in 1902. He died on 22 August 1940
AcquisitionMost items in this collection have been acquired by purchase as a means of complementing and supporting the collection of papers of Sir Oliver Lodge which are held in the Special Collections Department. The collection also includes a number of gifts and deposits and photocopies of originals held elsewhere. For information about the provenance of specific items, please contact the University Archivist for further details.
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department holds other related collections. These comprise the papers of Sir Oliver Lodge which includes his personal and family correspondence (GB 0150 OJL). The official archives of the University of Birmingham also include the correspondence of Sir Oliver Lodge as Principal of the University of Birmingham, 1900-1919 [Location: Univ Coll 14/ii]
Associated MaterialsThe Society for Psychical Research holds a large collection of Lodge's correspondence relating to his psychical research, 1884-1890; a typescript catalogue is available in the Special Collections Department for consultation. The University of Liverpool, Sp