Papers of Richard Perham.

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection were removed after Richard's death from drawers and filing cabinets in his College rooms, and presented to the College by his widow. The arrangement here preserves in broad outline the system adopted in the cabinets, though there has been some tidying in the interests of clarity and to correct obvious misfiling. The wider collection also includes a copy of the dissertation submitted in successful pursuit of a Fellowship at St John's College, 1964, a bound copy of Richard's PhD dissertation, 1965, and a complete paper set of his published papers, all of which are held in the College Library.

RNP represents Richard Nelson Perham, NLP represents Nancy Lane Perham, and SJC represents St John's College, Cambridge throughout this listing.

Papers should be cited using class and file numbers as follows:

St John's College Cambridge, Perham Papers I.6, letter from A. B. Cee to RNP, 1 Jan. 1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Richard Nelson Perham (1937-2015) was the quintessential 'man of St John's'. Coming up to the College in 1958, following a glittering career at Latymer Upper School and National Service in the Royal Navy, he was awarded a double first in Natural Sciences, and then pursued doctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, under the guidance of Ieuan Harris and Fred Sanger. Richard was elected to a Research Fellowship in the College in 1964, was awarded his PhD in 1965, and subsequently served as a Tutor, as Director of Studies, as President of the College from 1983 to 1987, and as Master from 2004 to 2007. His love of the place, its traditions, its sport and social life, was profound. Richard was a strong supporter of rowing through the Lady Margaret Boat Club, served as Senior Treasurer and later President of the Eagles, the society for elite-level sportsmen at St John's, and for several years carried, as Chairman of the May Ball Committee, responsibility for the prestigious College May Ball, ably assisted as Senior Treasurer by his colleague on the Fellowship John Leake. Alongside his commitments to St John's, Richard pursued a highly successful career in Biochemistry. Among many other distinctions he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1988, and was Head of the University's Department of Biochemistry from 1985 to 1996. Richard was awarded a higher doctorate, the ScD, in 1975.

Richard married Nancy Lane, herself a distinguished zoologist and Fellow of Girton College, in 1969. They have two children, Temple and Quentin.

Conditions Governing Access

Several files, or parts thereof, are restricted under agreed retention arrangements and particularly under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Acquisition Information

Given by Nancy Lane Perham 2015.

Note

Professor Richard Nelson Perham (1937-2015) was the quintessential 'man of St John's'. Coming up to the College in 1958, following a glittering career at Latymer Upper School and National Service in the Royal Navy, he was awarded a double first in Natural Sciences, and then pursued doctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, under the guidance of Ieuan Harris and Fred Sanger. Richard was elected to a Research Fellowship in the College in 1964, was awarded his PhD in 1965, and subsequently served as a Tutor, as Director of Studies, as President of the College from 1983 to 1987, and as Master from 2004 to 2007. His love of the place, its traditions, its sport and social life, was profound. Richard was a strong supporter of rowing through the Lady Margaret Boat Club, served as Senior Treasurer and later President of the Eagles, the society for elite-level sportsmen at St John's, and for several years carried, as Chairman of the May Ball Committee, responsibility for the prestigious College May Ball, ably assisted as Senior Treasurer by his colleague on the Fellowship John Leake. Alongside his commitments to St John's, Richard pursued a highly successful career in Biochemistry. Among many other distinctions he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1988, and was Head of the University's Department of Biochemistry from 1985 to 1996. Richard was awarded a higher doctorate, the ScD, in 1975.

Richard married Nancy Lane, herself a distinguished zoologist and Fellow of Girton College, in 1969. They have two children, Temple and Quentin.

Preferred citation: St John's College Cambridge, Perham Papers

Archivist's Note

20 Feb 2017

Additional Information

Published