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Correspondence and papers of Sir David Chilton Phillips, FRS


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The collection contains:

Biographical and autobiographical
  1. Career, honours and awards [MSS. Eng. c. 5381-5385; MS. Eng. d. 2714]
  2. Shorter personal correspondence [MS. Eng. c. 5386]
  3. Miscellaneous biographical material, including an autobiographical sketch [MS. Eng. c. 5387]
Diaries and notebooks [MS. Eng. c. 5388; MSS. Eng. d. 2715-2757; MSS. Eng. e. 2942-2947]

Research notebooks and notes [MSS. Eng. c. 5389-5394; MSS. Eng. d. 2578-2801; MS. Eng. e. 2948]

Royal Institution [MS. Eng. c. 5395]

  1. Philips's career at Oxford [MSS. Eng. c. 5396-5397]
  2. Biological and agricultural sciences board [MSS. Eng. c. 5398-5399]
  3. Interfaculty and university committees [MS. Eng. c. 5400]
  4. Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics (LMB) [MSS. Eng. c. 5401-5412]
  5. Electoral boards and appointments [MSS. Eng. c. 5413-5415]
  1. Own and collaborative publications [MSS. Eng. c. 5416-5421; MSS. Eng. e. 2949-2950]
  2. Editorial and advisory [MSS. Eng. c. 5422-5430]
  3. Addendum: own and collaborative publications [MS. Eng. c. 5430]
  4. List of publications [MS. Eng. c. 5430]
Visits, conferences, lectures [MSS. Eng. c. 5431-5457; MS. Eng. e. 2951]

Radio, television, films [MSS. Eng. c. 5458-5459]

UK societies, organisations, consultancies [MSS. Eng. c. 5460-5465]

International societies, organisations, consultancies [MSS. Eng. c. 5466-5471]

The Royal Society
  1. Phillips's career at the Royal Society [MS. Eng. c. 5472]
  2. Committees and activities [MSS. Eng. c. 5472-5474]
  3. Publications and editorial [MS. Eng. c. 5475]
  4. Visits [MSS. Eng. c. 5475-5477]
  5. General correspondence [MS. Eng. c. 5478]
  6. Organisation of the Fellowship [MS. Eng. c. 5479]
  7. Elections, appointments, awards [MSS. Eng. c. 5480-5481]
Science Research Council/Science and Engineering Research Council (SRC/SERC) [MSS. Eng. c. 5482-5483]

Medical Research Council (MRC)
  1. Council correspondence [MS. Eng. c. 5484]
  2. Boards and committees [MSS. Eng. c. 5484-5487]
  3. Sub-committees, review groups, working parties [MSS. Eng. c. 5488-5491]
  4. Visits to MRC laboratories and units [MS. Eng. c. 5492]
  5. Conferences and discussion meetings [MS. Eng. c. 5492]
Advisory Board for the Research Councils (ABRC)
  1. Appointments and personal [MS. Eng. c. 5493]
  2. Structure and Membership [MS. Eng. c. 5493]
  3. Research councils [MSS. Eng. c. 5494-5500]
  4. UK scientific and academic institutions [MS. Eng. c. 5501]
  5. UK science policy institutions and pressure groups [MS. Eng. c. 5502]
  6. Parliamentary select committees [MS. Eng. c. 5503]
  7. Government departments [MSS. Eng. c. 5505-5506]
  8. Science policy studies [MS. Eng. c. 5507]
  9. Reports and working parties [MSS. Eng. c. 5508-5509]
  10. Seminars and conferences [MS. Eng. c. 5510]
  11. Miscellaneous committees and sub-committees [MS. Eng. c. 5510]
  12. International relations and collaboration [MSS. Eng. c. 5511-5512]
  13. Visits and engagements [MSS. Eng. c. 5513-5516]
  14. ABRC submissions and advice [MSS. Eng. c. 5517-5521]
  15. 1993 White Paper and boundary study [MSS. Eng. c. 5522-5525]
  16. Memoranda and meetings 1982-1993 [MSS. Eng. c. 5526-5527]
  17. General correspondence 1983-1993 [MSS. Eng. c. 5528-5529]
  18. Addendum [MS. Eng. c. 5530]
  1. Scientific and general correspondence [MSS. Eng. c. 5531-5553]
  2. Shorter scientific correspondence [MS. Eng. c. 5553]
  3. Unindexed correspondence [MS. Eng. c. 5554]
References and recommendations
  1. Theses and higher degrees [MS. Eng. c. 5555]
  2. University external examining [MS. Eng. c. 5555]
  3. University appointments [MSS. Eng. c. 5556-5559]
  4. Agricultural Research Council/Agricultural and Food Research Council [MS. Eng. c. 5559]
  5. Medical Research Council [MSS. Eng. c. 5560-5562]
  6. Science Research Council/Science and Engineering Research Council [MSS. Eng. c. 5563-5565]
  7. UK foundations and grant-giving institutions [MSS. Eng. c. 5566-5567]
  8. Overseas foundations and grant-giving Institutions [MSS. Eng. c. 5568-5569]
  9. Awards, prizes, honours [MS. Eng. c. 5570]
  10. Personal [MS. Eng. c. 5570]


  • 1935-1994


288 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. c. 5381].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 5381-5570; MSS. Eng. d. 2714-2801; MSS. Eng. e. 2942-2951

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9942

Biographical / Historical

Sir David Chilton Phillips, biophysicist and politician, was born on 7 March 1924 in Ellesmere, Shropshire. He was educated at Oswestry Boy’s High School, and then attended University College, Cardiff, where he studied physics, electrical engineering, and mathematics. From 1944-1947 he served as radar officer on HMS Illustrious and then resumed his studies.

Phillips held a post doctoral fellowship at the National Research Laboratories in Ottawa, 1951-1955, where he continuued his studies of 3-D structures of small molecules. In 1955 he returned from Canada to join the David Faraday Research Laboratory of the Royal Institution. There he was the first person to determine in atomic detail the structure of the enzyme lysozyme, and he worked with John Kendrew on the structure of the protein myoglobin.

In 1966 Phillips was appointed Professor of Molecular Biophysics in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, where he remained until retirement in 1989. Here, he was active in the the Oxford Enzyme Group. Phillips was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967, and awarded the Royal Medal in 1975. He was made OBE in 1979. He was awarded the Gregori Aminoff Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1991.

Phillips was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967, and awarded the Royal Medal in 1975. He was made OBE in 1979. He was awarded the Gregori Aminoff Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1991.

Phillips became a part-time advisor to the government while still at Oxford. He served on the Medical Research Council (MRC) from 1974 to 1978. He was created a Life Peer as Baron Phillips of Ellesmer in 1994. In the House of Lords he served on the Select Committee on Science and Technology, serving as chairman in 1997.

Phillips died of cancer on 23 February 1999.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was received at various dates between January 1991 and February 1994 from Sir David Phillips and from his former Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Oxford University.

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Repository Details

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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom