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Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

HEWER, Professor Humphrey Robert (1903-1974)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 B/HEWER

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: HEWER, Professor Humphrey Robert (1903-1974)

Date(s): 1918-1974

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 13 boxes

Name of creator(s): Hewer | Humphrey Robert | 1903-1974 | zoologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1903; educated at Imperial College, 1920-1923; Beit Fellow, Imperial College,1923; Lecturer in Zoology, Imperial College, 1926-1937, Reader, 1937-1964 and Professor of Zoology, 1964-1970, Imperial College, London; active in government service during the Second World War; Chief Rodent Officer, Ministry of Food, 1941-1945; Chairman, Advisory Committee, Infestation Control Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1965-1974; Chairman, Farm Animals Welfare Committee, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1967-1974; Secretary-General of the International Congress of Zoology, 1959; died, 1974.
Publications: Practical Zoology. Instructions for dissection and preparation of elementary types of animals (Hutchinson, London, [1935]); XVth International Congress of Zoology, London 16-23 July 1958. Proceedings, edited jointly with N D Riley [London, 1958]; Grey Seals (Sunday Times, [London, 1962]).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Humphrey Robert Hewer, 1918-1974, comprising biographical papers, 1918-1974, including diaries, photographs; notebooks, journals and working papers, 1929-1973, relating to field trips, his work on seals, zygaena and woodpeckers; papers and correspondence of various natural history committees and societies on which he served, 1967-1974; drafts and material relating to Hewer's publications (especially British seals), 1926-1972; photographs, drawings, notes, and scripts for various wildlife films, 1951-1974; correspondence;
notebooks on zoology, cytology, made whilst a student at the Royal College of Science (Imperial College), [1920-1926].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

By section as follows: Biographical, Notebooks and journals, Working papers, Committees and societies, Lectures, Publications, Films, Photographs and drawings. Index of correspondents.

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 23/17/74).


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 Olive Hewer, widow, in 1974.

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. Professor Hewer's student notebooks were transferred separately to the College Archives.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

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

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

Birds | Animals | Zoology
Field work | Research work
Insects | Animals | Zoology
Marine animals | Aquatic animals | Animals | Zoology
Seals (animals) | Aquatic animals | Animals | Zoology
Cytology x Cell biology
Natural philosophy x Science philosophy
Natural sciences

Personal names
Hewer | Humphrey Robert | 1903-1974 | zoologist

Corporate names
Imperial College of Science and Technology
Royal College of Science