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Papers collected by Hugh Sinclair


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The papers comprise correspondence, notes, photographs, drawings and printed material. Included is material relating to Kenneth J. Franklin's article "A short sketch of the history of the Oxford Medical School" which was published in the Annals of Science 1.4 (1936), 431-446. (Franklin was Dean and Acting Dean of the Medical School 1934-1946, and Assistant Director of the Nuffield Institute for Medical Research, 1935-1947.)

Some papers relating to research into the 'plague of Athens' by J.C.F. Poole, of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, and others, have been listed at the end of the catalogue.


  • Creation: 1835-1984


0.5 Linear metres (10 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8049, fols. 1-3].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 8049-8055, d. 4074-4075; Photogr. c. 502, fols. 11-32

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6713


Papers relating to the history of medicine at the University of Oxford collected by Hugh Sinclair, nutritionist

Biographical / Historical

Biographical history compiled with reference to Sinclair's entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography written by Brian B. Lloyd.

Hugh Macdonald Sinclair was born in Edinburgh on 4 February 1910. He was educated at Winchester College and Oriel College, Oxford, where he received a first class honours degree in physiology in 1932. Between 1933 and 1936 Sinclair was in London studying clinical medicine at University College Hospital and lecturing in physiology at University College. He returned to Oxford in 1937 when he was appointed demonstrator and lecturer in biochemistry at the University and a fellow of Magdalen College.

Sinclair established the Oxford Nutrition Survey in 1941 and the International Institute of Human Nutrition in 1972 (renamed the International Human Foundation in 1982). He died on 22 June 1990 and his estate was left to the International Human Foundation which funded the establishment of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition at the University of Reading.


Research files are arranged alphabetically, as they were received. The remaining sections are arranged chronologically. A few items have been moved from their original location. This has been noted in the catalogue.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Library by the University of Reading in 2012.

Related Materials

Hugh Sinclair Archive, Museum of English Rural Life (University of Reading).

Catalogue of papers collected by Hugh Sinclair, 1835-1984
Finding aid prepared by Marion Lowman
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom