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Archive of John Randal Baker, FRS, (1900-1984)


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The material in this collection includes notebooks on laboratory research, notes (both typed and handwritten) for lectures and practical classes, and a series of cytology notebooks.


  • Creation: 1928-1969


6 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. b. 239].

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MSS. Eng. misc. b. 239-244

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6780

Biographical / Historical

John Randal Baker, FRS, 1900-1984, was an English biologist. Oxford educated, he was first a Demonstrator in Zoology (1923-1955) and then Reader in Cytology (1955-1967) at Oxford University. He conducted research in cytological techniques and the practical possibilities of different types of microscopy. In his later career he conducted research on the physical differences between races, culminating in the book Races.

He was the co-founder of the Society for Freedom in Science, and served as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer throughout its existence (1940-1962).

Other Finding Aids

A fuller description and detailed index is available in the Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were received from Dr. Baker in 1977 when he moved from his house in Oxford to smaller premises.

Related Materials

Additional Papers of John Randal Baker are MSS. Eng. misc. c. 907-921; d. 1308-1313; e. 1478-1513.

Papers of John Randal Baker
Lawrence Mielniczuk
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom