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RICHARDS, Peter (b 1936)


Reference code(s): GB 0098 MS/AD94

Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine

Title: RICHARDS, Peter (b 1936)

Date(s): Created 1945-1995

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 8 boxes

Name of creator(s): Richards | Peter | b 1936 | physician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1936; educated at Monkton Combe School, Emmanuel College Cambridge, St George's Hospital Medical School, Royal Postgraduate Medical School; Consultant Physician, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, 1970-1973; Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1970-1973; Senior Lecturer in Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, 1973-1979; Dean and Professor of Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1979-1995; Pro-Rector (Medicine), Imperial College, 1988-1995; Chairman, Council of Deans of UK Medical Schools and Faculties, 1994-1995; member, General Medical Council, 1994-[1997]; member, Royal College of Physicians, London, 1994-[1997].
Publications:The Medieval Leper joint editor (Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics, 1977); Understanding Water, Electrolyte and Acid/Base Metabolism 1983; Learning Medicine 1983; Living Medicine 1990; scientific papers especially concerning kidney disease and criterial for selection of medical students.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Professor Peter Richards, 1945-1995, comprising papers relating to the Flowers' Report, 1977-1981, including responses from students unions, medical colleges, societies, institutes and associations, staffs of medical schools in the University of London, Health Authorities and hospitals; summaries of submissions on the Flowers' Committee; correspondence concerning the rebuilding of St Mary's Hospital and the School's response to the report, draft speech, correspondence and papers relating to the possible closure of the Medical School, comments on the report by St Mary's Hospital Medical School, and other medical colleges, schools, societies, institutes and associations;

papers concerning the proposed joint University College, Middlesex and St Mary's School of Medicine, 1980-1981, including reports, correspondence and background papers relating to the Way Working Party to consider a joint medical school, press pack for press briefing on threatened closure of St Mary's Hospital Medical School, assessments of the academic departments at Middlesex and University College Hospital;

papers relating to the merger with Imperial College, 1985-1993, including agenda papers of Imperial College Board of Studies, press release, report of the Joint Planning Committee to the Senate of the University of London, press cuttings, Medical School academic plan 1988-1993, correspondence relating to the establishment of Imperial College School of Medicine;
working notes and memoranda, 1980-1995;

papers of Harold Edwards, [Dean, 1973-1979], on the Royal Commission on Medical Education and proposed merger of the medical schools of St Mary's and Middlesex Hospitals and Bedford College, 1970-1975; papers relating to St Charles' Hospital, 1972-1978;

papers relating to the University of London Joint Planning Committee review of pre-clinical teaching, 1980; Joint Medical Advisory Committee on the report of the working party on medical costs, 1980-1981; collaboration between St Mary's Hospital Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, 1979-1993, including minutes of the Joint Committee, 1980-1991; proposed national centre for postgraduate medical education and research, 1985-1986; University of London's recurrent grant to St Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1981-1986; NHS funding, 1987-1994; collaboration between St Mary's Hospital Medical School and Northwick Park Hospital, 1987-1988; University of London Administrative Review, 1989, and Strategic Academic Plan 1990-1991, 1989; St Mary's Hospital Medical School staffing, 1976-1995, computing, 1975-1986; centenary celebrations for Alexander Fleming, 1981, and Augustus Waller, 1984; BBC television series, 1988; press releases and cuttings, 1945-1995; reports of working partys and committees, [1980-1991].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged by deposit and according to subject as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the Trust Archivist, St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, telephone 020 7 886 6528, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist, and is dependent on the condition of the original document. Photocopies are supplied for research use only.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the Trust Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Created by Professor Peter Richards as Dean and Professor of Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were deposited by Professor Richards in 1991 and 1995.


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Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1997 (A & C Black, 1997); 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: November 2000

Educational administrators | Educational personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Educational finance | Economics of education
Educational reform | Educational development
Medical education | Higher science education
Mergers | Industrial policy | Industrial economics
Physicians | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Surgery | Medical sciences
Educational administration
Educational planning
Educational policy

Personal names
Edwards | Charles Harold | b 1913 | neurologist
Richards | Peter | b 1936 | physician

Corporate names
BBC | British Broadcasting Corporation x British Broadcasting Corporation
Bedford College | Medical School
Flowers' Committee
Imperial College of Science and Technology
Middlesex Hospital
Middlesex Hospital Medical School
Northwick Park Hospital
Royal Commission on Medical Education
Royal Postgraduate Medical School x British Postgraduate Medical School x Postgraduate Medical School of London
St Charles' Hospital
St Mary's Hospital Medical School
St Mary's Hospital | Paddington
University College Hospital
University of London x London University