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Fleming Book Collection


electrical engineering and telegraphy

Photograph of Sir John Ambrose Fleming (College Archives Photographs)


Ca. 950 items

Scope and content

A collection of works on electrical engineering and telegraphy from the personal library of Sir Ambrose Fleming (1849-1945), an electrical engineer and physicist who was the first Professor of Electrical Technology at UCL (1885-1926). He invented the thermionic valve, which marked the birth of modern electronics. The material ranges from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, and includes first editions of works by prominent scientists and engineers such as James Clerk Maxwell, Oliver Lodge, James Dewar and Shelford Bidwell. The book collection complements Fleming’s correspondence, notebooks and other papers.


Fleming’s widow presented Fleming’s library along with his papers to UCL by in 1945.


The collection is fully catalogued. To browse the records, conduct a shelfmark search for FLEMING on Explore.