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Medawar, Sir Peter Brian (1915-1987)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/PBM
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Medawar, Sir Peter Brian (1915-1987)
Date(s): 1937-1991
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 47 boxes, 1 o/s
Name of creator(s): Medawar | Sir | Peter Brian | 1915-1987 | Knight | medical scientist and Nobel Laureate


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1915; FRS,OM; Medical Scientist; Nobel Laureate; died, 1987.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Peter Brian Medawar, 1937-1991, relating to career, scientific research, and his writings on the philosophy of science; also biographical material collected by the late Dr Robert Reid.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A. Biographical and Career B. Outside bodies C. Scientific research D.Writings on science E. Reprints of scientific papers F. R. Reid's materials for projected biography

Conditions governing access:

Notes of an interview and 4 taped interviews of Lady Medawar in Section F are closed pending review in 2055 (F.6, F.8-11). The remaining 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. Copyright assigned to the Wellcome Trust Anyone wanting to use (i.e publish) material in section F must apply to his Dr Reid's executor: see archivist for details of executor. Letter on file

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, which includes an index of correspondents, are available on request.

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

An initial accession of material from Sir Peter Medawar's home was given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in March 1988. Material from the Clinical Research Centre was received in July 1989. Following the premature death of Medawar's biographer, Dr Robert Reid, material which had been in his hands was received in October 1990 and January 1991, and further tape-recordings made by him, in November 1991, as a gift from his widow. In May 1992 Medawar's daughter Mrs Caroline Garland presented the laboratory notebooks, to be held on permanent loan. Some additional material (C.155-159), relating to research undertaken in collaboration, was received from Professor Leslie Brent in December 2003. Following Lady Medawar's death in 2005, a few additional items were received from Caroline Garland in February 2006 and February 2007.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also SA/SRL. 1951-76: correspondence with Sir Julian Huxley (42 items) Rice University, Woodson Research Center.

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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