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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Martin L W
MARTIN, Sir Laurence (Woodward) (b 1928)
Created 1966-1967
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1928; educated at St Austell Grammar School, Christ's College, Cambridge and Yale University; Flying Officer, RAF, 1948-1950; Instructor, Yale University, 1955-1956; Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1956-1961; Rockefeller Fellow for Advanced Study, 1958-1959; Associate Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, JohnsHopkins University, 1961-1964; Wilson Professor of International Politics, University of Wales, 1964-1968; headed study group set up by the [Parliamentary] Arms Control and Disarmament Advisory Panel to consider the problems of a comprehensive nuclear test ban, 1966; Professor of War Studies, King's College London, 1968-1977; Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1978-1990;appointed Emeritus Professor, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1991; appointed Director of Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1991.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The Anglo-American Tradition in Foreign Affairs (with Arnold Wolfers) (Yale University Press, New Haven, 1956); Peace without victory (Kennikat Press, London, 1958); Neutralism and non-alignment (Frederick A Praeger, New York, 1962); The sea in modern strategy (Chatto and Windus for Institute of Strategic Studies, London, 1967); Arms and Strategy (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1973); The two-edged sword (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1982); Before the day after (Newnes, Feltham, 1985); The changing face of nuclear warfare (Telegraph, London, 1987); The nuclear element in European security (University Library, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1990); Minimum deterrence (Council for Arms Control, 1991).

Passed to the Centre by the Department of War Studies, King's College London in 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to [Parliamentary] Arms Control and Disarmament Advisory Panel, 1966-1967, mainlyconcerning the study group set up to consider the problems of a comprehensive nuclear test ban, notably including Martin's paper 'Considerations affecting an extension of the test ban', 1966; typescript texts on the test ban by other members of the study group, namely Professor Rudolf Ernst Peierls, and Sir John (Douglas) Cockcroft, 1966; typescript 'Comments on criticisms of the proposal (22 December 1965) for 'Regional arms limitation in Europe'', by R Adm Anthony Wass Buzzard, 1966; 'Safeguards on plutonium', typescript text by Leonard Beaton, 1966.

System of arrangement

1 file

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled Nov 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Arms control
  • Central government
  • Disarmament
  • East West relations
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • International instruments
  • International law
  • International relations
  • Military equipment
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Nuclear testing
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Peace
  • Public administration
  • Test Ban Treaty (1963)
  • Weapons

Personal names

  • Beaton, Leonard, fl 1966, author
  • Buzzard, Sir, Anthony Wass, 1902-1972, 2nd Baronet, Rear Admiral
  • Cockcroft, Sir, John Douglas, 1897-1967, Knight, physicist
  • Peierls, Sir, Rudolf Ernst, 1907-1995, Knight, physicist

Corporate names

  • Arms Control and Disarmament Advisory Panel

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