Papers of Edward Hindle, 1886-1973, biologist and zoologist, Regius Professor of Zoology, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1935-1944

Scope and Content

The papers document most aspects of Hindle's scientific career. There are notebooks, drawings, reports and correspondence covering the chronological span of his career and his principal research interests, especially his studies of kala-azar and yellow fever. A proposed expedition to Uganda and Nyasaland (now Malawi) in 1914, the travels in China with the Royal Society Commission and the interest in hamsters are also documented. There are notes for lectures, talks, broadcasts and publications and material relating to One World , including correspondence with colleagues and the editor and a copy of vol. 1, no. 1, printed for private circulation for fund-raising purposes and the only issue to appear in April 1947. The biographical material is representative of most of Hindle's career, though there are only partial records of his many outside activities and honorary posts in societies and associations. Summary of records:

  • Biographical and personal records 1905-1974
  • Scientific research and activity records 1900-1958
  • Lectures, broadcasts and publications 1913-1961
  • Scientific correspondence 1931-1961

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Hindle was born in Sheffield, England, on 21 March 1886  , the eldest of six children to Edward James Hindle and Sarah Elizabeth Dewar. He attended classes at Bradford Technical College, Bradford, England, before gaining a national scholarship in biology at the Royal College of Science, London, in 1903. From there he went to work with Professor A Dendy, FRS, at King's College, London, taking his Associate in Zoology in 1906. From 1907 until 1908 he worked as a Research Assistant at the School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, England, before travelling to California, United States, in 1908 to re-join his family who had moved there in 1906. He spent the first six months in California working at the Marine Biological Station, La Jolla, before enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley, where he gained his PhD in 1910  . He then returned to England, and from 1910 until 1914 was Kingsley Bye Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Beit Memorial Research Fellow, Quick Laboratory, Cambridge. He also spent the summer of 1911 at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. During his time at Cambridge he enrolled as an undergraduate in the Natural Science Tripos, graduating BA in 1912 and MA in 1917. From 1914 until 1919 he undertook War Service in England, France and Palestine, with the Royal Engineers Signals Service. In 1919, he married Irene Margaret Twist (d1933).

It was also in 1919  he became Professor of Biology and Parasitology at the School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt. On returning to England in 1924, he became Milner Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. From 1925 until 1928 he served with the Royal Society's Kala-azar Commission in China, and from 1928 until 1933 he was Beit Research Fellow in Tropical Medicine at the Wellcome Bureau of Scientific Research, London. In 1929  , he was awarded the degree of DSc by the University of Cambridge. He was married again in 1936 to Ellen Mary Theodora Boyen (nee Schroeder) but the marriage was dissolved in 1951. In 1935  , he was appointed Regius Professor of Zoology at the University of Glasgow , Scotland, holding this post until 1944  , when he became Scientific Director at the Zoological Society of London, holding that post until 1951. He was active in editorial work from early in his career and was associated with Parasitology in various capacities, 1912-1968. He was disappointed after the Second World War by the failure of One World , a publication intended as an international review of the arts, sciences and letters, which he helped to launch but was abandoned for lack of financial support.

Hindle had a very eclectic research career which was governed by the diverse posts he occupied. G H F Nuttall in Cambridge established him in tropical medicine, and he carried out original work in protozoology and parasitology, especially insect-transmitted infections. He is also well known for the introduction of the golden hamster into the home and the laboratory. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1942 and created a Freeman of the City of London in 1945. Between 1936 and 1961 he held the following positions: Founder President of the Zoological Society of Glasgow (1936); General Secretary, British Association for the Advancement of Science (1946-1951); President, Section D, British Association (1947); Founder and First President, Institute of Biology (1951-1952); Honorary Secretary, Royal Geographical Association (1951-1961) (Honorary Vice-President, 1962); President, Zoology Section, International Union of Biological Sciences (1953). Professor Hindle remained active throughout his later years but died suddenly, whilst travelling in a taxi, on 22 January 1973  .


The material is arranged into 4 sections as shown in the scope and content. Within these sections, items are generally arranged chronologically.

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Deposit : Contemporary Science Archives Centre : August 1977


Compiled by Virginia Russell, Archive Assistant, 14 November 2000

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Digital file level list available in searchroom, including an index of correspondents Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives London (NRA 21908 Hindle) Manual file level list available at the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath.

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Custodial History

Held by Miss Phyllis Barclay-Smith and passed to the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre (later the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists) for cataloguing in 1977. The CSAC then placed the archives with Glasgow University Archive Services in 1977.


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