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Stanford University, 1960-1975, 1960-1975


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Walter Bodmer's career at Stanford University is fully represented within this series, and most significantly, contains the laboratory work he undertook with his wife and Rose Payne that contributed towards the discovery of the HLA system. The series also provides significant insight to student activism and anti-war radicalism at Stanford University during the Vietnam War.


  1. correspondence relating to teaching and research;
  2. administrative material from the Medical School;
  3. lecture notes and other teaching papers;
  4. grant applications and associated papers of research projects, mostly with Bodmer or Joshua Lederberg as principal investigator;
  5. research notebooks from Bodmer and Rose Payne's laboratories, including those of research assistants;
  6. material relating to the various non-university bodies that Bodmer was involved;
  7. black and white autoradiographic images throughout the research section


  • Creation: 1960-1975

Language of Materials

  • English

Biographical / Historical

Walter Bodmer left Cambridge for Stanford University in 1961 to take up a research associate post under Joshua Lederberg. At Stanford he was able to focus on molecular biology in the Department of Genetics located within the Medical School, where he was also responsible for the teaching of genetics to medical students.

During his time at Stanford Bodmer developed a more specific interest in human genetics, participating in a collaborative project with Professor Lederberg in demographic genetic research. In 1966 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Genetics, thereafter pursuing independent programs of research in molecular biology and in the genetics of tissue antigens. Together with his wife Julia Bodmer and fellow scientist Rose Payne, he initiated the work here that would contribute towards the discovery of the HLA system.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom