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Hare, Ronald (1899-1986)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/HAR
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hare, Ronald (1899-1986)
Date(s): 1914-1984
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 11 boxes
Name of creator(s): Hare | Ronald | 1899-1986 | bacteriologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Hare was a bacteriologist of repute working through an exciting period in the history of the discipline. Among other activities he reported on the scientific value of bacteriological experiments undertaken in German concentration camps during World War Two [see PP/HAR/B.7]. He was also an historian of the subject. Born, 1899; Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Herts, 1910-1917; Birkbeck College, 1918-1919; St Mary's Hospital: LMSSA, MBBS, 1919-1924; Research scholarship, Institute of Pathology and Research, St Mary's, 1925; Assistant, Inoculation dept, St Mary's, 1926-1930; 1st Assistant, Research Laboratories, Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, 1931-1936; Canada: Research Associate, Connaught Laboratories, University of Toronto, Lecturer in Department of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine; largely responsible for planning and building of Canadian Government penicillin plant at University of Toronto, 1936-1946; Professor of Bacteriology, University of London, 1946-1964; Honorary Consulting Bacteriologist, St Thomas's Hospital, 1951; Member of Council of Wright-Fleming Institute, 1952-1960; Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology, University of London, 1964; died, 1986.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Ronald Hare, 1914-1984, comprising an unpublished autobiography and other autobiographical material; files on miscellaneous subjects connected with bacteriology; reprints; and material connected with his writings on the discovery of penicillin and other works.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is divided into sections as follows:
A.1-27 Biographical [5 boxes]
B.1-8 Scientific [1 box]
C.1-42 Historical Writings [5 boxes]

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:

Original typescript catalogue can be consulted in the Wellcome Library; this includes a concordance of old and new references and an index to correspondents.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

A first accession (Acc. no 132) of Professor Hare's papers was received by the Wellcome Library in 1983 and was catalogued in early 1984, being assigned the reference GC/47. Additional papers previously in the possession of Hare's son Richard were collected in 1989 (Acc. no 314) from Professor E.M. Cooke of the Public Health Laboratory Service, a colleague of Hare and co-author with him of Bacteriology and Immunology for Nurses, who had been preparing a biographical memoir. At the time of this second addition it was decided to reclassify the collection as PP/HAR.

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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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