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Garnham, Professor Percy Cyril Claude

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/PCG
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Garnham, Professor Percy Cyril Claude
Date(s): 1918-1984
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 24 boxes
Name of creator(s): Garnham | Percy Cyril Claude | 1901-1994 | Professor of Parasitology


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born London, 1901; Member Royal College of Surgeons, 1923; Licentiate Royal College of Physicians; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (St Bartholomew's), Married Esther Long Price, 1924. Diploma in Public Health 1925-1947; Colonial Medical Services: Colony and Protectorate of Kenya; Doctor of Medicine (London) with Gold Medal, 1928; Dipl. de Med. Malariol., Paris, 1931; 1947-1968 Department of Parasitology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1947-1968; Became Head of Department of Parasitology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1952; Companion Order of St Michael and St George, 1964; Fellow Royal Society; Published Malaria Parasites, 1966; Heath Clark Lecturer, University of London Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College Field Station, Ashurst Lodge, Ascot, Berkshire, 1968; Published Progress in Parasitology, 1970; died 1994. Garnham's scientific achievements include the discovery of the liver stages of the malaria parasite and the elucidation of the full life cycle, as well as the fine structure, of many species of malaria parasites. He was involved in the eradication of onchocerciasis from Kenya, and did research into many parasitic infections, including piroplasmosis, also relapsing fever, mosquitoes, and virus diseases.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Professor Garnham's career, with a little material of personal and biographical interest in Section A, and includes notebooks, correspondence, photographs etc. relating to his career in the Colonial Medical Services in Kenya, 1925-1947, and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1947-1968.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Predominantly English

System of arrangement:

The papers fall into 3 groups: notebooks (Section B), subject files (Section C), and correspondence with individuals and organisations (Section D). This distinction is not altogether clearcut, for example there are letters inserted into some of the notebooks, and in some cases correspondence with individuals arranged in alphabetical series overlaps in the matter under discussion with the subject files. To assist in the use of the collection, therefore, an index of correspondents has been compiled. As in most cases Professor Garnham seems to have kept a draft or a carbon of letters out, addressees as well as senders have been indexed; also the addressees and writers of letters which were sent to Professor Garnham as enclosures or copies for reference.

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

The catalogue to this collection has not yet been fully converted to electronic form: for detail, and to order material, see hard-copy list available in the Wellcome Library. Copies of the catalogue are available on request. The catalogue is available on microfiche via the National Inventory of Documentary Sources (NIDS). Acc nos 19, 161, LAH Acc No 258 and a file of photographs in the Accession File uncatalogued.

Collection level description available on-line on the Wellcome Library website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented to the Wellcome Library by Professor Garnham in February 1980, June 1984 and March 1987.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Professor Garnham's collection of Haemosporadia has been placed in the Wellcome Museum of Medical Science and a catalogue of them has been prepared by Professor Garnham and Dr. A.J. Duggan.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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