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Meetings, correspondence and papers, 1963-1973

MS. Eng. c. 2434
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Folder F.169. Correspondence and papers, 1963-1964. Includes Kendrew's "Notes for the meeting on an International Laboratory of Molecular Biology to be held in Geneva under the sponsorship of WHO 1-2 May 1964" and his minutes of the meeting. The EMBO Laboratory Committee membership was L.L. Cavalli-Sforza, H. Chantrenne, A. Tissières and Kendrew (Chairman).

Folder F.170. "The case for a European Laboratory of Molecular Biology". Kendrew's draft 29 April 1965 prepared for committee and Council at request of Swiss government, with a few manuscript revisions by M.F. Perutz and J. Wyman.

Folders F.171-182. Laboratory Proposal Document, 1967.

The document was prepared, after consultation with members of EMBO, for discussion at a meeting of the Laboratory Committee at Nice on 23 September. The material includes correspondence on the role of the laboratory, drafts and memoranda, notes of the meeting and of the preparation of the final version, which was submitted to the EMBC meeting in January 1968.

Several of the notes and documents are by M. Delauche who was seconded from EURATOM as an assistant on the laboratory project in 1967.

Folders F.171-173. Correspondence with colleagues on research projects appropriate to a central laboratory, analysis of replies, notes of discussions and meetings, early drafts and comments preceding committee meeting.

Folder F.171. April, May, 1967. Research proposals.

Folder F.172. June, 1967. Includes notes of meetings and discussions, suggested draft prepared by R.K. Appleyard.

Folder F.173. July, August, 1967. Continuing correspondence, drafts and comments.

Folder F.174. Draft drawn up by Wyman and Kendrew for discussion at meeting. The draft quoted extensively from the original EMBO "Policy document" and envisaged a series of appendices to be written by individual scientists in support of the case for the laboratory. Three of these appendices, by J.A. Cohen, F.H.C. Crick and J. Monod are included in the folder.

Folder F.175. "Summary" of Nice meeting, J. Wyman's notes on meeting, notes, drafts, comments, September, 1967.

Folder F.176. Information on research programmes, laboratory costings and budgets for various European laboratories sent to Kendrew by colleagues in preparation for final draft proposal.

Folders F.177-178. Correspondence regarding appendices for document, some of which are included.

Folder F.177. M. Delbruck, M. Eigen and N.K. Jerne (Appendix on "The complete solution to the Antibody Problem"), B. Hartley, F. Jacob (Appendix on "Control Systems").

Folder F.178. C. Levinthal, H.C. Longuet-Higgins (Appendix on "Organisms as self-organising systems"), V.F. Weisskopf ("The experience of CERN and the proposal for a European biology laboratory").

Folder F.179. Notes of conversations at Cambridge on research space and costings, November, 1967.

Folder F.180. Amended draft proposal for laboratory, 69pp, November, 1967.

Folder F.181. Correspondence November - December 1967, mainly comments on draft.

Folder F.182. Version submitted to EMBC. (N.B. 10 "Annexes" are listed, but only 6-10 are present and there is a further unlisted Annex 11 by A. Katchalsky.)


  • Creation: 1963-1973


14 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 2434

Former reference:

NCUACS 11/4/89/F.169-182

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