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Records of the British Biophysical Society


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  1. Minutes of meetings, 1960-2014, including AGMs and committee meetings
  2. Financial records, 1980-2005, including annual accounts
  3. Correspondence, 1981-2007, relating to membership, subscriptions, expenses, sponsorship of meetings and bursaries.
  4. Publications, 1980-2005, including BBS News


  • Creation: 1960-2014


1.5 Linear metres (30 shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries, MS. BBS 1

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. BBS 1-11

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11604


Minutes, reports, accounts, correspondence and publications of the British Biophysical Society.

Biographical / Historical

In February 1960 a working party on biophysics and biophysical chemistry, set up by the Faraday Society, confirmed that a new society was needed to cover the field of biophysics. After a number of meetings the working party decided that the society should be called the British Biophysical Society and 'the essence of the new Society would be to bring together chemists, physicists and biologists to a joint study of biological systems'. The first committee meeting took place on 21st February 1962 at Kings College, London, with J.T. Randall as Chairman, John Kendrew as Honorary Secretary and D.D. Eley as Meetings Secretary.

The Society was still thriving in 2015 when its historical records were donated to the Bodleian Library as part of its 55th anniversary celebrations. Further information, along with digitized copies of its minutes, can be found on its website:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Anthony Watts for the British Biophysical Society, 20 May 2015.

Catalogue of the records of the British Biophysical Society, 1960-2014
Finding aid prepared by Catherine Parker
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom