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Early research and information retrieval, 1939-1954

MS. Eng. c. 2395

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Reaction kenetics.

Folder C.1 Material relating to research with E.A. Moelwyn-Hughes, July 1939 - January 1940; the results were published as a collaborative paper "The kinetics of mutarotation in solution" in Proc. Roy. Soc. 176, 1940.

Material includes brief statement of research, "the experimental investigation of certain enzyme reactions ... in the first instance the enzymic hydrolysis of non-reducing disaccharides ... the technique employed will be the polymetric one, using the very sensitive instrument equipped in this Department [Physical Chemistry, Cambridge] by the late Professor Lowry", charts and graphs of mutarotation and heat reactions of arabinose, lactose, maltose, mannose, xylose.

Also included here are two manuscript and typescript drafts for a paper on "The mechanism of unimolecular gas reactions" by Kendrew and M.H.J. Webb (a research student of Kendrew), one set dated April 1953, the other April 1954, with brief calculations in the hand of J.M. Bennett and a letter from I.F. Trotter. No paper of this title is listed in the Bibliography. (Material originally found with "Protein Analysis Projects" and transferred here on Kendrew's advice.)

Information retrieval.

Folder C.2. Correspondence with colleagues on sorting and classification methods, with special reference to punched cards 1946-1949, 1951, 1969.

Includes a letter December dated 1946 to E. Orowan (then working at the Cavendish Laboratory) from J. von Neumann on research on electronic searching device and on his own electronic computer project, and correspondence 1947-1951 on abstracting and indexing systems at UNESCO, American Chemical Society, and elsewhere in the USA.

Folder C.3. Correspondence, 1946-1952, with manufacturers of punched card systems on supply of cards to Kendrew's design (his letter of 17 April 1950 also mentions J.M. Mitchison as involved in design). A little correspondence with colleagues interested in the system is also included.

Folder C.4. Correspondence, 1949-1950, with manufacturers on supply of punch for cards to Kendrew's design (drawings and diagrams included); also included is letter 1973 from a colleague still using one of the punches.

Folder C.5. Miscellaneous manuscript notes and diagrams by Kendrew, on "Classification schemes", "Punching schemes", punched card applications, topics to be referenced, etc.

Specimens of punched cards for various purposes, some annotated or designed by Kendrew.


  • 1939-1954


5 folders

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MS. Eng. c. 2395

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NCUACS 11/4/89/C.1-5

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