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Myoglobin notebooks: preliminary work, 1951-1954

MS. Eng. e. 2351

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Whale myoglobin. Continuation of MS. Eng. e. 2350, with an index running 15-30 to 15-55 (and some further subdivisions). There is a separate list of references to work on the sperm whale material (the eventual choice) and the book also includes tests on many types of myoglobin other than whale: porpoise, seal, dolphin, penguin, tortoise, carp, and some mixed crystals.

The work is mainly the "1952 Programme" for "Crystallisation of whale myoglobin", with M.M. Bluhm and R.G. Parrish, beginning October 1952. Entries continue to August 1954.

At the rear of the book is work on chymotrypsinogen September-October 1951, September-October 1953 (project no. 21 in the numbered list in (MS. Eng. e 2347).

Note: MS. Eng. e. 2351 is the last of the early notebooks to use small quarto format pages. The following notebooks MS. Eng. d. 2129 et. seq. in the preliminary and main series are all large quarto loose leaf binders. Most have labelled divider cards to separate sequences of material, and many have an outline index at the front or for each sub-division. There is a system of pagination with a code of letters and/or numbers but no explanatory codebook appears to survive.

The material dates from 1953 i.e. when initial problems of obtaining suitable crystals were largely solved and the main concern was with the determination of ligands for the attachment of heavy atoms and the final selection of "Type A" sperm whale myoglobin. Within each notebook the material may extend over a period of years, and is also diverse in character, including notes and calculations, charts, graphs, printouts, densitometer diagrams, electron density contour maps, narratives or summaries of work in progress, and correspondence. While the great majority of the work continues to be in Kendrew's own hand, there are also notes, calculations, letters and memoranda by members of the Cambridge and Royal Institution teams or by colleagues elsewhere. Attention is drawn to these and to other matters of special interest wherever possible.


  • 1951-1954


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MS. Eng. e. 2351

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NCUACS 11/4/89/C.34

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