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Lord Kings Norton Archive

Student days

Roxbee started at Imperial College in the autumn of 1922. He was only 20 years old, an early age at which to begin a postgraduate course, and registered for a two-year course of lectures in aeronautics, studying for both a Ph.D. and a D.I.C [Diploma of the Imperial College], under Professors Sir Richard Glazebrook and Leonard Bairstow.

Despite any initial doubts he had, with his hard work and ability, Roxbee completed his thesis entitled A Reciprocal Function Solution of Laplace's Equation in Two Dimensions with an Application to an Aerofoil Section.

In the summer vacation of 1924, on gaining his Ph.D., Roxbee went to work for a short stint at the National Physical Laboratory, which had been founded by Sir Richard Glazebrook, his former professor.

Roxbee considered one of his visiting lecturers at Imperial, Lt Col V. C. Richmond, particularly interesting. Richmond had been involved during the 1914-18 war in designing non-rigid airships and as Roxbee later said in his memoirs: "He lectured on airships and did it well". Meeting Richmond was to have a profound impact on his future, as Roxbee readily accepted his offer of joining the design team for the R101, which he was leading at Cardington.

Material from the Archive

Re: arrival in London (Letter, October 1922)  

Three letters confirming two scholarship awards and a maintenance allowance for Cox for 1923-1924 

Three sketches torn from letters to mother (1923)

Letter to mother (June 1923) 

Letter to parents (June 1923) 

Letter to father (July 1923)

Letter to mother (July 1923)

Letter mentioning the Royal Aeronautical Society meeting chaired by Brancker (Dec 1923/4?)

Re: Sir. Richard Glazebrook leaving (Letter, 1923/4?)

Cox in his new suit (Sketch, 1924) 

Part of letter to mother (1924?) 

Letter to mother, from 150 Kensington Palace Road (March 1924) 

Letter from Kensington (Date unknown)

Re: lost attache case (Letter, date unknown)

Full text of Roxbee Cox's PhD thesis (1924) 

Part of letter mentioning starting at the National Physical Laboratory (1924) 

Letters of recommendation from Prof. Leonard Bairstow and Prof. A. N. Whitehead, both of Imperial College, London (1924, 1927) 

Links to related material available on the web

King's Norton Boys' School and Sixth Form Centre

Imperial College, London

National Physical Laboratory