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Papers of Professor Sir David Wallace

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-1540

Scope and Contents

Papers of Professor Sir David Wallace containing undergraduate lecture notes, research material, contracts, presentations and notebooks from the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre work; lectures and course material; off-prints; personal papers; and miscellaneous material.

The material is arranged as follows:

Undergraduate lecture notes and tutorials, Edinburgh University, 1963-1968: this section contains material related to Wallace's undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh. It includes notes, tutorials, and notebooks on subjects such as physics, maths, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and relativistic quantum theory.

Research notes, to PhD. Edinburgh and some Princeton, 1970-1980s : this section contains material related to Wallace's PhD in Edinburgh and his postdoctoral research in Princeton. It includes some correspondence, and research notes on the following subjects: anisotropic cubic system, symmetries as consequence of renormalisation constraints, Higgs-Kibble mech., early PCAC, Hopfield model, etc.

Research, contracts, notebooks and presentation from the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), 1972-1995: this section contains various documents related to the EPCC, of which Wallace was the Director. It includes newsletters, project directories and annual reports, correspondence, off-prints and publications, as well as some files on neural networks, high performing computer networks, 'DTI/SERC Parallel Applications Programme', and 'TRACS96. Training and Researchers Advanced Computing Systems’.

Proofs and correspondence relating to publications, 1970s; and notebooks, 1980s: this section contains notebooks on 'DAP etc Computing', 'Real space. Renormalisation Group', and neural network simulations, as well as notes, correspondence and off-prints related to Wallace's publications.

Off-prints and Research work, 1970s-2006: this section contains mainly off-prints and copies of publications written by Wallace, with some related notes and papers.

Correspondence and personal papers, pre-1994-2004: this sections includes correspondence related to Edinburgh, Loughborough and Churchill College, material related to The Royal Society, and 'various scorrespondence'.

Lectures and courses material, 1970s: this section includes lectures on subjects such as 'Quantum field theory', 'Symmetries and Seminars', 'Gauge theories', 'Field theory', 'Phase transition', 'Critical transitions', 'Mathematical Physics' etc. Some of the lectures were given in Edinburgh and in Southampton.

Personal papers and correspondence, 1975-2001: this section includes personal correspondence from the 1970s, 1990s and early 2000s, as well as speeches, invitations, personal references, and documents related to conferences, TCS review, HEFCE Value for Money Steering Group and Youth Sport Trust.

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  • Creation: 1963-1990


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Biographical / Historical

Sir David Wallace is a British physicist and academic. Following undergraduate and postgraduate study in theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh, he continued research at Princeton University as a Harkness Fellow. In 1972 he was appointed lecturer in the Physics Department at the University of Southampton. In 1979 he returned to the University of Edinburgh as Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics. He was also Director of Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre. He was Vice-Chancellor at Loughborough University for 12 years, from 1994. He moved to Cambridge in 2006, as NM Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences & Director of the Isaac Newton Institute to 2011, and as Master of Churchill College to 2014. He is currently Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and President of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research.

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5.15 linear metres (31 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in May 2014 by Sir David Wallace. Accession no E2014.28.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in February 2018.

Papers of Professor Sir David Wallace, 1963-1990
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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