Fonds F757 - Joseph Alexander Gray fonds

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Joseph Alexander Gray fonds

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  • 1908-1962 (Creation)
    Gray, Joseph Alexander

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3.5 m of textual records, ca. 100 photographs

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Joseph Alexander Gray was born in 1884 in Melbourne, Australia. In 1907 he graduated from Melbourne University with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics. With the help of a scholarship Gray studied for three years, from 1909 to 1912, under Ernest Rutherford at Manchester, England. He received both his M.Sc. and D.Sc. from Manchester University. In 1913 Gray became a lecturer at McGill University in Montreal. During World War I Gray obtained leave and joined the Canadian artillery. Shortly after the war, in 1919, he married in London and returned to McGill. In 1924 Gray took the post of Chown Research Professor at Queen's University, where he remained until his retirement in 1952. Gray died in 1966.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, notebooks, research papers and reprints of articles by friends and colleagues. Of particular note is correspondence with Sir Ernest Rutherford, 1908-1937. Also included are Gray's stamp collection and a ledger kept by W.M. Herchmer and John R. Forsyth for the estate of Major Alexander Forbes, army officer, Kingston, Ontario. April 1851-1852, and notes on Forbes' military career made by Professor J.D. Forbes, that was acquired and retained by Gray.

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Donated by Mrs. E. Gray - 1968


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  • English

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2999 (Gray)
F3 A2.1 006

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Public domain

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 26/06/2017.
Archivist(s): Paul Banfield, Gillian Barlow, Ken Willmott

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 1057
  • Folder: 2999 (Gray, J.A.)
  • Shelf: F3 A2.1 006