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Chick, Dame Harriette (1875-1977)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 PP/CHI
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Chick, Dame Harriette (1875-1977)
Date(s): 1906-1974
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Chick | Dame | Harriette | 1875-1977 | nutritional scientist
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1875; Educated at Notting Hill High School, following by University College London, graduating BSc; Awarded an 1851 Exhibition to study bacteriology in Vienna and Munich, and also in Liverpool; Appointed (against considerable opposition as a woman) to the Jenner Memorial Research Studentship at the Lister Institute, London, 1905; work with (Sir) Charles J Martin at the Lister Institute on the process of disinfection, 1905-1908; War work on tetanus antitoxin and serum diagnosis of typhoid, paratyphoid and dysentery, 1915; Secretary of the Medical Research Council Accessory Food Factors Committee, 1918-1945; With colleagues at the Lister, travels to Vienna under the auspices of the Accessory Food Factors Committee to investigate nutritional deficiencies, leading to the discovery of the roles of ultraviolet light and administration of codliver oil in preventing rickets, 1919-1922; Returns to the Lister, continues studies on nutritional factors, 1922; Secretary of the League of National Health Section Committee on the Physiological Bases of Nutrition, 1934-1937.

Moves with the Lister Institute Division of Nutrition to Sir Charles Martin's house in Cambridge, work on nutritive value of bread, flour and potatoes, 1939-1945; founder member of the Nutrition Society, 1941; Retires, becomes member of governing body of the Lister Institute, 1945; President of the Nutrition Society, 1956-1959; died, 1977.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Dame Harriette Chick: this collection represents a relatively limited record of Chick's long and active career. It is particularly strong on the period around her important work in Vienna, 1919-1921, and includes some material relating to other research on nutritional questions.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, some German

System of arrangement:

A. Personal and biographical
B. The Vienna Story
C. Nutritional Research: miscellaneous

Conditions governing access:


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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The certificates PP/CHI/A.2 were given to the Wellcome Library in 2002. The rest of the collection was purchased from Richard M. Ford Ltd in July 2004.

Allied Materials

Related material:

SA/LIS, GC/104; see also archives of the Medical Research Council in the National Archives.

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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