Fonds RG1.MG1.1.4 T.R. Wilkins - T. R. Wilkins fonds

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T. R. Wilkins fonds

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CA MCK RG1.MG1.1.4 T.R. Wilkins

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  • 1911-1940, predominant 1911-1925 (Creation)

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T. Russell Wilkins was born in Toronto in 1891. He received his B.A. from McMaster University in 1912. On June 17, 1913 he married Olive Agnes Cross. Wilkins was employed as the Science Master at Woodstock College beginning in 1913. In 1916, he and his wife moved to Chicago, where he was an instructor of Physics at the University of Chicago. In 1918, he moved to Brandon, where he took up the position of Professor of Physics. His wife, Olive, also found employment at Brandon College. Wilkins received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1921. He left Brandon Colleg in 1925 to pursue postgraduate study in Cambridge, England. In 1926, he returned to North America, where he took up the position of Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester. From 1930 to 1938, he acted as the Director of the Institute of Optics. Olive Wilkins died suddenly on May 13, 1937 at the age of 45. The following year T.R. Wilkins married Susan Gwendolyn Whidden, the daughter of Dr. H.P. Whidden, the former President of Brandon College. In April, 1939 Dr. Wilkins announced the perfection of a camera that was able to record the "footprints" of invisible atoms after they collide. He received a medal from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain recognizing his work regarding the use of photographic emulsions in the study of radium. In October 1940, Dr. Wilkins perfected a camera that could determine the energy levels inside the nuclei of stable chemical elements. He received a grant from Sigma Xi, the national society for the promotion of scientific research in November of 1940. On December 10, 1940, Dr. Wilkins died suddenly of a heart attack.

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This fonds arrived at the McKee Archives as part of the Brandon College Administrative Records in 1980. Previous custodial history is unknown.

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T. Russell Wilkins' collection contains correspondence between himself, his first wife, and Dr. H.P. Whidden, among others. A good deal of the correspondance concerns questions of employment of the Wilkins' at Brandon College. Fonds includes letters regarding the building of the Science Building in 1920. There is also a copy of the Canadian Baptist. Also included are university papers that Dr. Wilkins had written for various classes at McMaster University in the years 1911 and 1912, and a "toast to the ladies" that Wilkins delivered at a banquet. There are numerous newspapers clippings, and several pages taken from journals such as Popular Mechanics, Popular Electricity and others.

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