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Archive of Lloyd Arthur Stocken


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The archive comprises research correspondence and papers concerning the development and testing of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL), and a memoir, 'A Chemist's Tale from the Second World War'.


  • Creation: 1940-1955


0.3 Linear metres (2 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7203, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Eng. c. 7203-7204

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6037


Research correspondence and papers of Lloyd Arthur Stocken (1912-2008), biochemist, concerning the development and testing of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL).

Biographical / Historical

Lloyd Arthur Stocken (1912-2008), was a member of the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford which was asked in 1938 by the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment at Porton Down (part of the Ministry of Supply's Chemical Defence Research Department from 1939) to study lewisite and mustard gas. Stocken, in conjuction with Robert Thompson, concentrated on lewisite, which had been developed, but not used, during World War I. Their research resulted in the production of British Anti-Lewisite (BAL) as a means of treating exposure to lewisite. From 1944, further research was conducted on behalf of a special BAL committee set up by the Medical Research Council to establish whether BAL could be used as a treatment in other cases of arsenical posioning. The Medical Research Council took over full superivsion for research from the Chemical Research Defence Department in 1946 (see MS. Eng. c. 7203, fols. 1-9).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by L.A. Stocken, Feb. 2005.

Catalogue of the archive of Lloyd Arthur Stocken, 1940-55
Finding aid prepared by Matthew Neely
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom