Papers of Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith, correspondence with Jennifer A Marshall Graves and others

Scope and Content

This correspondence documents a long-running research collaboration on comparative genomics of platypus, echidna and various marsupials between Ferguson-Smith's laboratory in Cambridge and the laboratory of Professor Jennifer A Marshall Graves at La Trobe University, Australia (then at the Australian National University, Canberra).

As the Malcolm Ferguson Smith correspondence section is particularly large it has been divided into the following series, each with its own separate description:

Administrative / Biographical History

Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith (1931- ) is a celebrated geneticist whose work on gene mapping has shaped our understanding of human evolution. Ferguson-Smith graduated MB, ChB in 1955 and was appointed a lecturer in Medical Genetics at the University in 1961. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1965 , a Reader in 1971, and Professor of Medical Genetics in1973. He was also Honorary Consultant in Medical Paediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children from 1966 and in Clinical Genetics at Yorkhill and Associated Hospitals from 1973 to 1987. In 1987, Ferguson-Smith left Glasgow to become Professor of Pathology and Professorial Fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. He was also Director of the Cambridge University Centre for Medical Genetics from 1989. For a complete biography see the Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith collection description.


Arranged into chronological order.

The files described below are arranged into separate folders which contain loose pages of correspondence and related papers.

This description is part of the main Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith collection.

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Series level description compiled by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), February 2011. Lower level description originally compiled by Timothy E Powell, Heather Bird and Simon Coleman from the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, in 2008 and later edited by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), October 2010. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Jane Heward, Archive Assistant, January-May 2011. Catalogue edited by Sam Maddra, Project Manager Glasgow Modern Genetics Wellcome Digital Library, June 2012 and Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), July 2012.