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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 91-008


W.S. Tucker collection. -- 1910-1940. -- 18 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs.

Biography / History

Major William Sansome Tucker was a noted British physicist who excelled in the area of physics known as sound phenomena.

Custodial History

This collection was created by and in the custody of Professor Alan Slavin before being donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of texts of papers and speeches written by William Sansome Tucker, D.Sc., A.M.I.E.E. in his particular area of expertise-sound phenomena-as well as other topics. Also included are letters patent, photographic and diagram illustrations as well as a few tear-sheets from periodicals about his work. There are also two or three papers by Dr. Tucker's colleagues.


Title based on content of the collection.

This collection was donated by Professor Alan Slavin.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

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Box 1


1 M.I.D. Secret Patent No. 21, "Improvements in and Relating to Microphones", 1916

2 "Evidence on the Tucker Microphone" given by W.L. Bragg, 1918 or 1919

3 Report of the Acoustical Research Section, Munitions Inventions Department, Feb, 1919

4 "The Application of Sound-Locators to Anti- Aircraft Defence" with illustrative map, Dec. 1919

5 Letters Patent application, No. 162, 791, 1920

6 Letters Patent application, No. 195, 199, 1922

7 Summary of "Research Work" by F.C. Bartlett, c.1922

8 "Some Notes on Paracusis Willisii from the Ferens Institute of Otolaryngology" by Somerville Hastings and Gordon R. Scarff. c.1922

9 "Physical Instruments for Biological Purposes", British Association and Physics Board, Sept. 1922

10 "The Hot Wire Microphone and Its Applications to Detection and Measurement of Sound", 1922/23, with 32 b.& w. illustrations

11 "The Hot Wire Microphone and Its Application to Problems of Sound", c.1922

12 Blueprint "Resonant Hot Wire Microphone", Mar. 6, 1923

13 Blueprint "Resonant Hot Wire Microphone", Nov. 1, 1923

14 Blueprint "Details of Resonant Hot-Wire Microphone", Nov. 13, 1923

15 Trndall lectures on "Acoustical Problems", May 27, 1924

16 "The Problem of Noise in Civil Aircraft and the Possibilities of Its Elimination", Jan. 19, 1928

17 Medical Research Council, Committee on Physiology of Hearing, with a memorandum by F.C. Bartlett, May 29, 1929

18 Lecture to R.A.F. Calshott, May 19, 1931

19 W.L. Bragg on the Hot-Wire Microphone, Sept. 1940  


20 Signals Experimental Establishment, "to a wireless audience in wireless language"

21 "The Localisation of Sound Derived from Observations of Intensity"

22 "The Science of Listening", including a skeleton plan for a book on sound.

23 "Long Distance Sound Signalling"

24 "Sounds Audible and Inaudible"

25 "Localisation of Sound"

26 "On the Disturbances Produced in the Southend Area by Artillery Fire from the Isle of Grain, and Methods Adopted for their Reduction"

27 "Sound Direction Finding"

28 "Noise and Hearing"

Box 2



1 Physical Society of London proceedings including a paper "Exhibition of a High-Potential Primary Battery" by W.S.T., a photo of same, a manufacturing description, and a clipping from the Scientific American, Mar. 26, 1910.

2 "The Electrical Conductivity and Fluidity of Strong Solutions", including Physical Society of London proceedings, Jan. 24, 1913

3 "Heats of Dilution of Concentrated Solution", Transactions of the Loyal Society of London, Series A, Vol.215, Apr. 22, 1915

4 "A Selective Hot-Wire Microphone", Philosophical Transactions of the Loyal Society of london, Series A, Vol.221, Jan. 20, 1921

5 Uncorrected proof of paper to be read before the Royal Society of Arts, Nov. 29, 1922, "The Hot Wire Microphone and Its Applications to Problems of Sound"

6 "On Doubly-Resonated Hot-Wire Microphones" by E.T. Paris, from the Proceedings of the Royal Society, Mar. 30, 1922

7 Notice of meeting of Royal Philosophical Society Glasgow, Jan. 17, 1923

8 "The Hot Wire Microphone and Its Applications", tear-sheet from the Australian Manufacturer, Mar. 31, 1923

9 "Sound Reception" in the Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Aug. 1924

10 "Noise and Hearing", offprint from The Nineteenth Century, 1929

11 "The Localisation of Sound by Means of Observations of Intensity", reprint from the Physical Society, June, 1931

12 "Direction Finding by Sound" in Nature, July 18, 1936

13 "The Application of the Helmholtz to the Measurement of Sound Absorption", Philosophical Magazine, July 1945

14 "Applicdazioni industriali degli ultrasuoni" by Edward Gick Richardson, La Ricerca Scientifica, Aug. 1949

15 "Microphone, The Hot Wire", Dictionary of Physics, n.d.

16 "Selective Hot Wire Microphones", a flyer from H.W. Sullivan Ltd. the Manufacturers.  


17 "Draft Memorandum", regarding structure of research organization, after 1939

18 Note regarding a clerical gaffe.

20 2 graphs indicating sound responses under a variety of conditions.

21 1 diagram illustrating distribution of sound intensity.

22 4 photographs showing large outdoors equipment.