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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

FOX, Professor Harold Munro (1889-1967)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/FOX

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: FOX, Professor Harold Munro (1889-1967)

Date(s): 1905-1968

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 7 boxes

Name of creator(s): Fox | Harold Munro | 1889-1967 | zoologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born Harold Munro Fuchs in Clapham, London, 1889; educated at Brighton College; read the Natural Sciences Tripos, specialising in zoology, at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1908-1911; worked at the Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1911-1912, and the Stazione Zoologica, Naples, 1912; Lecturer in Zoology, Royal College of Science, (Imperial College), London, 1913; changed name to Fox, 1914; enlisted in the Army Service Corps and served in the Balkans, Egypt, Salonika and Palestine, 1914-1918; Lecturer at the Government School of Medicine, Cairo, 1919-1923; Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1920-1928; Balfour Student, Cambridge University, 1924-1927; lead an expedition to study the fauna of the Suez Canal, 1924-1925; Professor of Zoology, University of Birmingham, 1927-1941; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1937; Professor of Zoology, Bedford College, London, 1941-1954; Fullerian Professor of Physiology, Royal Institution, 1953-1956; Emeritus Professor, Bedford College, London, Research Associate, Queen Mary College, London, 1955-1967; awarded the Darwin Medal 1966; research ranged over many aspects of zoology, but was especially concerned with marine invertebrates and ostracod crustacea; died, 1967.
Publications: Blue Blood in Animals, and other essays in biology (G Routledge & Sons, London, 1928); Selene, or Sex and the Moon (Kegan Paul & Co, London, 1928); Biology. An introduction to the study of life (University Press, Cambridge, 1932); Elementary Science Harold Webb and Mildred Annie Grigg [with the assistance of Fox] (University Press, Cambridge, 1935,1936); Plants & Animals. The biology sections from Elementary Science by Harold Webb and Mildred Annie Grigg, edited by Fox (University Press, Cambridge, 1937); The Personality of Animals (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, New York, 1940); The Nature of Animal Colours ... Illustrated by colour photographs (Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1960).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Harold Munro Fox, 1905-1968, comprising biographical papers, 1905-1965; notebooks and working papers, 1915-1967, including a journal, scientific observations and photographs relating to the Suez expedition, 1924-1925, laboratory notebooks,1925-1967; broadcast talks to schools, 1937-1939; lectures, chiefly from his last years at Bedford College, 1953-1955; publications, 1960-1967, including notes, correspondence, obituaries; personal and scientific correspondence, 1936-1970.


Language/scripts of material: English and, in part, French, German and Italian.

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged as outlined in scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives (CSAC catalogue no 10/4/74).


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

The papers were received by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, from Mrs Natasha Fox, widow, in 1973.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, to the College Archives in 1974.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of the Department of Zoology (KZ), held at Imperial College.

Letters to Charles Kay Ogden, 1929-1941, held at the Department of Manuscripts and Library Archives, Cambridge University Library (referece: Add 8310); personnel file held at Royal Holloway, University of London Archives (reference: BC AR/150/D589); papers and medals, held at Bedford College Archives.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Based on the guide compiled by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists; British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: 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.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2000

Scientific expeditions | Field work | Research work
Natural philosophy x Science philosophy
Natural sciences

Personal names
Fox | Harold Munro | 1889-1967 | zoologist | formerly Fuchs x Fuchs | Harold Munro

Corporate names

Suez | Urban | Egypt | North Africa