Martin put in a request for it through the British Library, which has an arrangement with University College London (UCL) to supply UCL theses electronically. UCL is where El Naschie is supposed to have done his PhD. After a month or so, this came back (click for bigger):
Martin asked for an explanation and got this answer:
Von: "Hawkins, Joanne"
An: Martin Klicken
CC: "Johnson, Sue"
Gesendet: Donnerstag, den 20. Mai 2010, 9:00:14 Uhr
Betreff: RE: Automated response from The British Library
Thank you for your reply.
In regard to your order Thesis00174551 the reason that the order has been cancelled is because the awarding university is unable to locate the Thesis in their stock.
Once you place an order for an item on the Ethos system it is sent immediately to the relevant University, unfortunately they do not have a time limit as to when they supply the item to the British Library for digitisation. As soon as a customer chasers their order we send a chaser directly to the University and they will look at that order, hence when you received your cancellation notice. I will forward your comments on to the Service Improvement team, as this is a new system and still in the Beta stages they will take all comments seriously.
I am sorry you are not happy with the service you have received but here at the British Library we can only act once the Universities send the items to us for digitisation.
It wasn't lost by simple human error. Libraries are good at cataloging their holdings and making them available to readers. They don't just lose their holdings.
But libraries are not well-equipped to deal with intentional destruction or theft. That is what we have here. Material linked to from El Naschie Watch often disappears. This fits the pattern.
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