Sir Frank Chalton Francis was an English academic librarian and curator. Almost all his working life was at the British Museum, first as an assistant keeper in the department of printed books, and later as secretary of the museum, keeper of printed books and, between 1959 and 1968, director and principal librarian of the museum. As director, Francis worked to modernise and expand the museum, and his ideas contributed to the establishment of a separate British Library after his retirement. He was a well-known bibliographer, lecturing in the subject at University College, London, and serving as secretary, and later president, of the Bibliographical Society. He was one of the pioneers of computerised bibliography for libraries.
About Frank Francis
Famous as a bibliographer, librarian, and curator, Francis is particularly remembered for his longtime association with the British Museum in London, England. He became director of the museum in the late 1950s and was responsible for much of the institution’s modernization.
After earning a degree in Classics from Liverpool University, he studied Greek philosophy at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.
He pioneered the use of computers in cataloging libraries’ holdings.
The only son of Elizabeth and Frank Francis, he was born and raised in Liverpool, England. His marriage to Katrina McClennon began in 1927 and produced three children.
He and nineteenth-century English poet Coventry Patmore were both employed by the British Museum.
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