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Case File of Joseph J. Thomson

Committee on Science and the Arts
Contents of CSA #2782
1922 Franklin Medal

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Case File Catalog Summary

The 1922 Franklin Medal was awarded to Joseph J. Thomson for "... the immeasurable service he has rendered to the world as teacher and leader of thought in that domain of science especially related to a fundamental knowledge of electricity and the constitution of matter."

Also available: the contents Thomson's Case File 2563 relating to his 1910 Cresson medal for advancement of knowledge in physical sciences.

  • REPORT
  • CORRESPONDENCE
    • Letter from Keller, as head of sub-committee, informing Owens of the selected medalists. November 24, 1921. (2.0M)
    • Letter to Dr. Owens from Keller asking for his comments on the sub-committee's report. December 4, 1921.
    • Letter to Dr. Keller who chaired the sub-committee, thanking him for his service. December 6, 1921.
    • Short note telling Thomson of his election to Honorary Membership in The Franklin Institute. January 31, 1922.
    • Letter from Owens to Thomson on the occasion of his award. January 31, 1922. Page 1 (3.0M) | Page 2 (2.7M)
    • Letter informing Thomson of his selection for the Medal. January 31, 1922. (2.8M)
    • Cablegram from Thomson acknowledging honor but regretting that he will be unable to attend. February 18, 1922. (1.4M)
    • Original letter from Thomson expressing regret that he will be unable to attend. March 1, 1922. Page 1 (691k) | Page 2 (593k)
    • Copy of letter from Thomson expressing regret that he will be unable to attend. March 1, 1922. (1.8M)
    • Telegram to Thomson, acknowledging that he will not be able to attend Medal Day Ceremony. March 20, 1922. (1.5M)
    • Cablegram from Thomson declaring intent to send paper on Electron Theory of Solids. March 21, 1922.
    • Official announcement of Thomson's Medal, sent to the British Ambassador. April 4, 1922. Page 1 (2.9M) | Page 2 (2.6M)
    • Official letter of invitation to the British Ambassador. April 5, 1922. Page 1 (2.9M) | Page 2 (2.7M)
    • Letter from British Embassy informing the Institute that the Ambassador is not currently in residence but will respond when he returns. April 6, 1922.
    • Letter to Thomson explaining the Medal Ceremony. April 8, 1922. (2.7M)
    • Letter to the British Ambassador's Office requesting a response to the Institute's invitation. April 20, 1922.
    • Note from Thomson, enclosed with his paper. April 27, 1922. (1.3M)
    • etter from the British Ambassador's Office indicating that the Ambassador will not attend the Ceremony. April 27, 1922.
    • Letter to Major-General Bethell providing logistical details for his visit to The Franklin Institute. May 2, 1922.
    • Telegram to Thomson requesting status update on the delivery of his paper. May 6, 1922. (1.5M)
    • Cablegram from Thomson advising the Institute that his paper was in the mail. May 9, 1922. Duplicate.
    • Cablegram from Thomson advising the Institute that his paper was in the mail. May 9, 1922. (1.4M)
    • Telegram to Sir Thomson, acknowledging receipt of his paper. May 10, 1922. (1.5M)
    • Letter from Bethell accepting the invitation to accept the Medal on Thomson's behalf. May 10, 1922. (1.9M)
    • Letter to Dr. Owens from Mr. Craigie thanking him for his hospitality. May 20, 1922.
    • Telegram from Mr. Craigie indicating his train's arrival time. May 16, 1922.
    • Letter to Major-General Bethell acknowledging receipt of his letter. May 11, 1922.
    • Letter from Craigie at the British Embassy expressing appreciation for the Institute's recognition of Thomson. May 27, 1922.
    • Letter to Sir Geddes, the British Ambassador, expressing appreciation for the Embassy's participation in the Medal Ceremony. May 24, 1922.
    • Letter to Mr. Craigie thanking him for participating as the British Embassy's representative. May 24, 1922.
    • Letter from British Ambassador, Sir Auckland Geddes, expressing regret for missing the ceremony. May 27, 1922.
    • Letter from Mr. Chilton to Dr. Owens acknowledging the presentation of Thomson's Medal. August 15, 1922. (2.2M)
    • Letter to Mr. Chilton at the British Embassy in Washington. August 17, 1922. (3.1M)
    • Letter to Lord Balfour, expressing appreciation for generous treatment. August 17, 1922. (2.9M)
    • Letter from British Embassy acknowledging receipt of requested Medals Ceremony pamphlets. October 5, 1922. (1.4M)
  • EVIDENTIAL INFORMATION
  • EPHEMERA
  • MISCELLANEOUS
    • Certificate January 4, 1922. (4 Copies) (1.1M)
    • Citation for Thomson's Medal (no date) - (553k)
    • Internal memorandum requesting production of medals for Thomson and other medalists. January 31, 1922.
    • Internal memorandum requesting production of certificates for Thomson and other medalists. January 12, 1922.