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Clarke Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 CLARKE
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Clarke Papers
Date(s): 1963-2003
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 9 boxes
Name of creator(s): Clarke | Patricia Hannah | née Green | b 1919 | biochemist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1919; education: Howell's School Llandaff; Girton College, Cambridge, 1937-; war work, 1940-1944, in The Armament Research Department of the Ministry of Supply and later Woolwich Arsenal; Research Assistant to B C J G Knight at the Wellcome Research Laboratories, 1944; Medical Research Council National Collection of Type Cultures, 1951-; Assistant Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University College London, 1953-1956; Lecturer, University College London, 1956-1966; Reader, University College London, 1966-1974; Fellow of the Royal Society, 1976; Professor, University College London, 1974-1984; Professor Emeritus of the University of London, 1984; Honorary Fellow, University College London, 1996.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Patricia Hannah Clarke, 1963-2003, comprising biographical material including autobiographical material compiled for Clarke's personal record as a Fellow of the Royal Society; curriculum vitae; video of an interview for the Biochemical Society; papers relating to Deer Park School, Cirencester of which Clarke was a Governor, 1988-1999 and correspondence with local and national politicians on education, tobacco advertising and asylum seekers.

Papers relating to Clarke's interest in the historical contribution of women scientists and her concern in encouraging women scientists. Includes, correspondence, notes, printed reports and photocopied material used for a number of activities including her lecture 'Women in Science at University College, 1878-1978', 1992; Royal Society meeting on 'Women in Science and Technology: opportunities for change?', 28 May 1993; papers relating to Clarke's service on the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology and a meeting on Women in Science at the Royal Society, 27 Mar 2001.

Publications including an incomplete set of offprints of Clarke's works; papers relating to her biographical memoirs of Roger Yate Stanier and Michael Douglas Lilly and her entry for Muriel Robertson for the New Dictionary of National Biography; lecture material including for Clarke's Royal Society Leeuwenhoek Lecture 'Experiments in microbial evolution: new enzymes, new metabolic activities', 1979, and the 19th J D Bernal Lecture, 'New directions in biology: basic science and biotechnology', delivered at Birkbeck College London, 1988.

Papers relating to eight UK and overseas societies and organisations, 1975-2001, including the British National Bibliographical Research Fund, the Royal Society, the Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia and the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.

Papers relating to Clarke's visits and conferences, 1971-1998, including visits to the Far East including Singapore, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong and meetings marking the centenary of the birth of J B S Haldane, 1992.

Correspondence, including with researchers at University College London, colleagues in the UK and scientists in the USA and Europe. Correspondents include R E Drew, B W Holloway, S Brenner; H L Kornberg, R D Sager and R Y Stanier.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Biographical; Women in Science; Publications and Lectures; Societies and Organisations; Visits and Conferences and Correspondence.

Correspondence is arranged in Clarke's original order - by groups of correspondents and then further subdivided by individual correspondents.

Conditions governing access:

Certain restrictions apply. The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking. Some files are closed under the Data Protection Act 1998. Please see the individual file level records for full information.

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. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists available in the UCL Special Collections reading rooms. The catalogue includes an index of correspondents.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from Professor Clarke, 2002.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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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