Although Hutchinson's professional field was chemistry, these papers pertain to his interest in history. They primarily relate
to his research (done in the late 1960s) on scientific research in England prior to World War II and includes notes on the
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Chemistry Research Board, National Physical Laboratory, Physics Research
Board, and the Radio Research Board and his typescript paper "The Radio Research Board and the Early History of Radio Direction
Finding." Materials pertaining to Stanford University's history include Helen Dwight Fisher's paper on Leland Stanford, photocopy
of the minutes from the first faculty meeting, 1891, correspondence with Joshua Lederberg on Medical School history, 1982,
and a photograph of D. S. Jordan with Prof. Franklin, ca. 1926. Other items in the collection include miscellaneous correspondence
with James Beck, Philip A. Leighton, and Edward Shils, 1969-77; and a genealogy booklet on the Hoadley family, 1972.
Eric Hutchinson, born in England in 1920, was educated at the University of Cambridge (1938-1945), earning all three of his
degrees in chemistry. He taught at Sheffield University and Fordham University, before joining the Stanford faculty in 1949.
In addition to his research and teaching duties, he served a term as academic secretary to the University; designed the shields
and flags that represent the University, the Office of the President, the graduate division and the seven schools; and wrote
a history of Stanford's department of chemistry. He became emeritus in 1983 and died on November 14, 2005.
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