Fonds 4 - Records of Kenneth Alan 'Bill' Williams

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Records of Kenneth Alan 'Bill' Williams


  • 1930 - 1980 (Creation)

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Photographs (prints and negatives) and papers.

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(June 1903-1983)

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Dr Kenneth Alan Williams, known to all as Bill, was born in Brentford and educated at Mercers School and Chelsea Polytechnic. He passed the ARIC (Associate Royal Institute of Chemistry) examinations in 1923 and gained full BSc Honours in 1926. He was an analytical chemist, specialising in edible fats and oils. He was President of the Society for Analytical Chemistry in 1955-6.

He did a great deal of research into the history of Thames Rowing Club and indeed Geoffrey Page acknowledges that the early sections of 'Hear The Boat Sing' draw extensively on his work.

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Bill Williams served in various administrative capacities for the club and later conducted a great deal of archival research which formed the first part of 'Hear The Boat Sing.' Many of his files appear to have been held at the club since their creation and remained there after his death. He was also a prolific photographer and left many of his photographs with Tony Bingham, with whom he was friendly. After the formal establishment of the archive, Tony donated these to the club.

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Photographs donated by Tony Bingham.

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