Reference number
  • SCK
  • 1955-1981
  • Collection
  • Papers deriving from his career in operational research, National Coal Board, Richard Thomas and Baldwins Ltd., consultancy, Aston University, 1950s-79. System of arrangement

    This collection forms part of the Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive (MSS.335), which was deposited with the Centre by operational research practitioners.
  • 22 boxes
Admin history
  • Born 1919. Deputy Head, Field Investigation Group (Operational Research), National Coal Board, London, 1951-6; Manager, Operational Research Department, Richard Thomas and Baldwins Ltd., 1956-64; visiting Professor of Operations Research, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, 1963-4; Professor of Operational Research, University of Aston, Birmingham, 1966-73; Head, Operational Research and Systems Analysis Subject Group, Management Centre, University of Aston, 1973-9. Professor Cook died in 1979.
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Finding aids
  • Authority files exist for Professor Cook (GB 0152 AAR0805), Richard Thomas and Baldwins Ltd. (GB 0152 AAR1445) and the Field Investigation Group of the National Coal Board (GB 0152 AAR1448).
Access Conditions
  • The collection is open for research although one file is closed for 75 years under the Data Protection Act.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Centre holds the following other collections relating to the history, development and practice of operational research and to pioneers and practitioners in this field (collectively known as the Operational Research Archive): British European Airways: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/1); British Overseas Airways Corporation: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/2); British Steel Operational Research papers and Memoranda (MSS.335/BS); the Community Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/COR); the East Midlands Operational Research Group (MSS.335/EMORG); Papers of the Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); papers for British Gas Operational Research (MSS.335/GA); British Gas North West Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GA/NW); GKN Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GKN); Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); International Federation of Operational Research Societies (MSS.335/IFORS);Interviews with Operational Research Pioneers and Related Papers (MSS.335/INT); the Institute for Operational Research (MSS.335/IOR); the Local Government Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/LG); Miscellaneous and Fragmentary Operational Research Papers (MSS.335/MIS); Operational Analysis Branch, NATO (MSS.335/OAB); Draft Obituaries of Operational Research Practitioners (MSS.335/OBIT); the Papers of Jack Plymen (MSS.335/PLY); the Papers of Professor K. Brian Haley relating to Operational Research Quarterly (MSS.335/SO/H); the Papers of Rolphe C. Tomlinson (MSS.335/TOM); and the Papers of Dr Edward D. van Rest (MSS.335/VR).
  • Operations research