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FISH, Sir Eric Wilfred (1894-1974)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0011
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: FISH, Sir Eric Wilfred (1894-1974)
Date(s): 1924-1974
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Fish | Sir | Eric Wilfred | 1894-1974 | dental surgeon and scientist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Fish was born in Chard, Somerset and educated at Kingswood School and Manchester University (L.D.S. 1914; Ch.B. 1916; M.D. 1924). He was a leading figure in British dentistry. He was Chairman of the Dental Board, 1944-1956, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Science of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1956-1959, and President of the General Dental Council, 1956-1964. Fish was knighted in 1954.


Scope and content/abstract:

The papers include publications, some in manuscript or draft, biographical material, material relating to committees and organisations (British Society of Periodontology, Nuffield Foundation), and correspondence. Very little remains of Fish's professional research material. Fish had worked carefully through his papers after his retirement, and many items bear lengthy comments and evaluations, personal recollections of his career and colleagues, and reflections on the state of dental health.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

By section as follows: Biographical and personal, Committees, societies and organisations, Correspondence, Publications and lectures. Index of correspondents.

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers by written appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

For permission to reproduce apply in writing to The Archivist, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35 - 43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PN.

Finding aids:

Printed Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Sir Eric Wilfred Fish: CSAC catalogue no. 48/2/77, 9 pp. Copies available from NCUACS, University of Bath

Archival Information

Archival history:

Received for cataloguing in 1976 by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre from Professor Bertram Cohen.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Royal College of Surgeons Library in 1977.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Royal College of Surgeons of England also holds related material in War diaries 1917 Mesopotamia (1 volume) (Ref: Add Mss 495); Publications 1924-1970 (Ref: Add Mss 410); Formation of Faculty of Dental Surgery (Ref: Add Mss 392); Faculty of Dental Surgery Records (Ref: RCSENG College archives); Photo-micrographs of dental specimens (Ref: RCSENG Odontological Museum).

The General Dental Council, London, holds material in its Council records relating to Fish's work for the Council.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description based on that created by NCUACS, University of Bath.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
August 2000.

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