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Bawden, Sir Frederick Charles (1908-1972)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0117 Bawden papers
Held at: Royal Society
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Full title: Bawden, Sir Frederick Charles (1908-1972)
Date(s): 1934-1973
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6.33 linear feet
Name of creator(s): Bawden | Sir | Frederick Charles | 1908-1972 | Knight | Plant pathologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Bawden was born in North Tawton, Devon, and educated at local grammar schools and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1926-1930, where he read for Part I of the Natural Sciences Tripos and the Cambridge Diploma in Agricultural Science. After graduating from Cambridge he worked as Research Assistant to R.N. Salaman at the Potato Virus Research Institute in Cambridge. In 1936 he moved to Rothamsted Experimental Station, Hertfordshire, as Virus Physiologist, and became successively Head of the Plant Pathology Department, 1940-1958, Deputy Director, 1950-1958, and Director from 1958 to his death. Bawden served on many committees, and on the Council of the Royal Society of which he was also Treasurer. He lectured and travelled widely and was frequently invited to advise on overseas agricultural projects. He was elected FRS in 1949 (Leeuwenhoek Lecture 1959) and knighted in 1967.


Scope and content/abstract:

The papers include laboratory notebooks dealing with Bawden's research on various plant viruses, and in particular his collaborative work with N.W. Pirie and with A.A.P. Kleczkowski. There is also a detailed exchange of correspondence with Pirie on research in progress, 1937-1940. (Pirie moved to Rothamsted as Virus Physiologist in 1940 when Bawden became Head of the Plant Physiology Department.) There is a wide range of correspondence, with individuals and institutions. It deals with scientific research and problems including viral nomenclature, lectures, conferences, publications, Bawden's reports on research projects, grant applications and appointments. The correspondence relating to Bawden's overseas visits as adviser or lecturer is mainly after 1958 and is sometimes accompanied by Bawden's reports.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

By section as follows: Biographical and personal, Laboratory notebooks, Scientific correspondence, Correspondence on overseas visits, Correspondence on lectures and conferences, Correspondence on publications.

Conditions governing access:

Papers retain the period of confidentiality agreed at time of the deposit. All new deposits closed for 30 years except by permission of Officers of the Royal Society or the person controlling access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to Archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Printed Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Sir Frederick Charles Bawden: CSAC no. 37/1/76, 20 pp. Index of correspondents. Copies available from NCUACS, University of Bath. Detailed catalogue available at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Received by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre for cataloguing in 1975 from Lady Bawden, widow.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Royal Society in 1976.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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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