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Dixon, Walter Ernest, and Myers, (George) Norman

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/155
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Dixon, Walter Ernest, and Myers, (George) Norman
Date(s): 1865-1949
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Dixon | Walter Ernest | 1870-1931 | pharmacologist
Myers | [George] Norman | 1898-1981 | pharmacologist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Walter Ernest Dixon (1871-1931) was Lecturer, then Reader, in pharmacology at the University of Cambridge from 1909, and is credited, together with Arthur Cushny, with establishing pharmacology as a distinct science in Britain. His most original work was on the action of drugs on the bronchial musculature and pulmonary vasomotor system, and on cerebrospinal fluid especially in relation to postpituitary hormone and ovarian activity. [George] Norman Myers (1898-1981) joined Dixon in Cambridge in 1930 and worked with him on digitalis in toxaemia and on substitutes for morphine and heroin.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personalia and memorabilia of Walter Ernest Dixon and G Norman Myers, 1865-1949; files relating to their pharmacological research (digitalis, morphine substitutes, coramine, etc) and teaching and glass lantern slides, some of Dixon and colleagues, mostly relating to research.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In a number of cases material has been moved between files to bring apparently connected items together.
Arranged in sections as follows:
A Personalia vA.1-2 WE Dixon
A. 3-4 GN Myers
B Research and teaching files
C Slides

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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Dixon had no children, so presumably Myers inherited his lantern slides and at least some of his notes. Both papers and lantern slides appear to be, on the whole, inextricably mingled.

Immediate source of acquisition:

This material came to the Wellcome Library from J.D.N. Myers, son of G.N. Myers. The file on Dixon (A.2) in November 1982 via the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) (Acc 120), and the lantern slides (Section C) collected from Myers's home in September 1984 (Acc 177). In a letter of May 1983, Mr Myers wrote that "most of the stuff... belonged to the late Professor W.E. Dixon". In June 1984, Myers's collection of journals was presented to the Wellcome Library, again via the BPS, and a further box of files (Acc 207: now in sections A and B) was found with them.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

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

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:
Mar 2009.

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