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Bate, Charles Spence (1819-1889)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0171
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Bate, Charles Spence (1819-1889)
Date(s): c 1857
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Bate | Charles Spence | 1819-1889 | dental surgeon and zoologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charles Spence Bate was born at Trenick House, near Truro, Cornwall, in 1819. Charles Spence Bate practised dentistry at Swansea from 1841-1851, and then practised at Plymouth. During his career, Bate was Secretary and President of the Plymouth Institution, President of the Odontological Society and an Honorary Member of the Dublin Natural History Society. He became a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1854, a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1860, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1861. Bate published 'On the Development of Decapod Crustacea' in the Philosophical Transactions, 1857. He was an eminent zoologist, and became known as an authority in Crustacea. He died in 1889.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Charles Spence Bate, c 1857, comprising 2 manuscript notebooks containing tracings and lists of crustacea; and a manuscript index and notes referring to various species of crustacea.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of this material is not known.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Royal Society Website, Sackler Archive Resource at

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:
Sep 2008

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