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Myoglobin materials and apparatus (Kendrew and collaborators), 1952-1967

MS. Eng. b. 2017
Held at the Weston Library

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Supplies and specimens.

Correspondence with whaling stations, shippers, fisheries, colleagues and individuals on the supply and transport of suitable samples of myoglobin, particularly of sperm whale but also of various other species. The earliest exchanges date from December 1952 when Kendrew and his team discovered the special suitability of sperm whale meat and no time was lost in trying to locate supplies; Perutz joined the initial quest by writing to a colleague in Peru, cables were sent to and from ships at sea and other members of the laboratory were despatched at various times to collect specimens from cold stores, overnight fish trains and airports.

Folder C.199. Correspondence, 1952-1953.

Folder C.200. Correspondence, 1954.

Folder C.201. Correspondence, 1955-1958.

Folder C.202. Correspondence, 1960-1965. (Much of this relates to the investigation of porpoise myoglobin by R.H. Kretsinger, 1972.)

Optical diffractometer.

Folder C.203. Correspondence, drawings and notes on the "Fly's Eye" lamp, related to optical apparatus devised by H.S. Lipson whom Kendrew approached on the matter on the advice of W.L. Bragg. Also includes correspondence with commercial suppliers of high intensity light sources.


Folder C.204. Drawings and diagrams by Kendrew and others.


Folder C.205. "Scanning densitometers design data". Drawings, blueprints, correspondence with suppliers, paper (no author or date) on "flying-spot" densitometer, correspondence with M.H.F. Wilkins 1957, A.C.T. North 1958.

Folder C.206. "Bluhm Densitometer". Correspondence with commercial firms, notes, calculations, graphs by Bluhm October-December 1953, information on photometer from F.H.C. Crick.

Folder C.207. Correspondence with supplier and colleagues on microdensitometer 1957-59. Miscellaneous rules and scales for use on densitometer in Kendrew's laboratory.

Computer time.

Folder C.208. Use of time on IBM 7090 at AWRE Aldermaston. Correspondence 1959-1961, routines and information on myoglobin work on 7090 by C.L. Coulter 1960-1962.

Folder C.209. Miscellaneous correspondence on use/hire of computer time on various machines and at various institutions 1959-1967, especially 1960-1961 when EDSAC 2 was no longer capable of the fast computing required.


  • Creation: 1952-1967


11 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. b. 2017

Former reference:

NCUACS 11/4/89/C.199-209

Repository Details

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