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Correspondence, 1952-1982

MS. Eng. c. 2602

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Folder O.17. 1963. Lomer, W.M. Neutron diffraction.

Folder O.18. 1970. Regarding Medvedev, Z.A. Drafts, correspondence etc. on letter of protest about the confinement in a psychiatric hospital of the Russian geneticist Z.A. Medvedev. The first draft of the letter was by J. Monod (5 June) to launch his campaign for a public protest by the Nobel Laureates of Western Europe. The material consists of correspondence with UK Nobel Laureates about their willingness to sign, comments on or re-wordings of draft; also Kendrew's charts of those approached in UK and Europe and their reactions, and a little press comment on the Medvedev case. In the event, Medvedev was released on 17 June.

Folder O.19. 1975, 1979-1982. Neurath, H. Material 1979-1981 is correspondence and a little press comment on the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DFKZ) Heidelberg where Neurath was appointed Director in 1980 and from which he resigned in July 1981.

Folder O.20. 1967-1968. Olby, R.C. and others. History of nucleic acids.

Folder O.21. 1961. Pauling, L.C. Comments by Pauling on paper by Kendrew and H.C. Watson on amino-acid sequences, Nature, 190.

Folder 0.22. 1955. Perutz, M.F. Research and finance at the MRC Unit.

Folder O.23. 1964, 1966, 1968. Phillips, D.C.

Folder O.24. 1952, 1957, 1960. Riley, D.P.

Folder O.25. 1972-1973. Rotherham, L.

Folder O.26. 1960. Stein, W.H. Myoglobin research and sequencing.

Folders O.27-O.29. 1952-1955, 1963, 1966-1967. Watson, J.D.

Folder O.27. 1952-1955. Correspondence relating to Watson's period at Cambridge working for a doctorate under Kendrew's supervision, including Kendrew's report on him for the US National Research Council, negotiations with Cambridge University Board of Faculties, Watson's letters from Pasadena on his RNA research, collaboration with R. Feynman etc.

Folder O.28. 1963, 1966-1967. Correspondence on Watson's account of DNA discovery, originally titled "Honest Jim", then "Base Pairs" and finally published as "The Double Helix" 1968. The book was controversial in matter and style and several of Watson's closest collaborators, notably F.H.C. Crick and M.H.F. Wilkins, put forward objections, corrections and the hope that publication might be deferred. Material includes comments and correspondence from Crick and Wilkins, and drafts for the foreword contributed by W.L. Bragg.

Folder O.29. Draft of "Base Pairs" August 1966, sent to Perutz for comment and with a very few corrections by him.

Folder O.30. 1967. Wilkins, M.H.F. Correspondence January is on an amino-acid triplet hypothesis by S.R. Pelc and its retraction. Correspondence and drafts April-May are on Wilkins's memorandum on nerve research in the Biophysics Research Unit King's College London, and the future organisation of the Unit.

Folder O.31. 1975, 1981. Wyman, J. Correspondence 1975 is on conference organised by Wyman on "Current state of knowledge of the physical chemistry of haemoglobin". Correspondence 1981 is on "Special Symposium" for Wyman's 75th birthday organised during VIIth International Biophysics Conference Mexico City August 1981.


  • 1952-1982


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MS. Eng. c. 2602

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NCUACS 11/4/89/O.17-31

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