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Undergraduate study, Queen Mary, University of London
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Creator NameMorris, John Turner MacGregor- (1872-1959)
DescriptionThe papers of John Turner MacGregor-Morris mainly relate to his work as Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at East London College (later Queen Mary College). This includes correspondence and other papers relating to departmental administration, students, research undertaken in the department (particularly on the subjects of cathode ray oscillography and high voltage engineering) and the high voltage laboratory.

There is also material relating to Albert Peter Thurston and the work of the Aeronautical Engineering department including published articles by or about Thurston and the history of the department, and research notes testing different models of aircraft.

There is also material relating to various College clubs and societies including papers concerning the establishment of the Union Society, papers from the college Engineering Societies and memorabilia from talks, concerts and dinners.
Admin HistoryJohn Morris was born in London in 1872. He married Annie Elizabeth Frances MacGregor in 1917. Educated privately and at University College London. He became an assistant to Professor Fleming at University College London, 1894-1898; specialising in subjects connected with illumination and cathode ray oscillographs.

Joined East London College in 1898; became head of the Department of Electrical Engineering some time between 1899-1900; College Professor 1903; University Professor 1924; Fellow Queen Mary College 1938 and of University College London. During the First World War he co-operated with a research student, A F Sykes, in the development of a design for a directional hydrophone which was taken up by the Admiralty. He contributed to the establishment of the high voltage laboratory at East London College (opened 1936). This included a study tour to the USA in 1928 to visit laboratories.

MacGregor-Morris engaged with university clubs, societies, sports and concerts, and helped to establish the Students’ Union Society in 1908.

He was Honorary Research Associate in Electrical Engineering at University College London from 1939, and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of London from 1938.

Publications include ‘Cathode Ray Oscillography' with J A Henley (1936); 'Sir Ambrose Fleming and the birth of the valve' (1954); and numerous papers in scientific journals.

Died on 18 March 1959.
ArrangementThe files have been split into three series by the cataloguer based on their subject matter. Series 1 Electrical Engineering; Series 2 Aeronautical Engineering; Series 3 Clubs and Societies. The papers have been kept in their original order within the files where known.
Copyright StatementNo material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.
Access StatusOpen
CodePerson or Corporate Body Name
DS/UK/59East London College; 1905-1934
DS/UK/60Queen Mary College (QMC); 1887-1989
DS/UK/64University of London; 1836-; Higher Education Institution
DS/UK/94Thurston; Albert Peter (1881-1964); Professor; Academic.
DS/UK/2761Morris; John Turner MacGregor- (1872-1959); Professor of Electrical Engineering
DS/UK/58East London Technical College; 1887-1905
DS/UK/1412East London College; Department of Electrical Engineering; 1905-
DS/UK/2922East London College; Department of Aeronautical Engineering; 1909-