Cameron Papers

Scope and Content

The papers of Sir (Gordon) Roy Cameron. The first accession has been catalogued as follows:

Series A: Biographical and personal papers, including exercise books; certificates; photographs; and correspondence.

Series B: Research notebooks and working papers, with related correspondence. Subjects include the liver, pulmonary oedema, and the spleen.

Series C: Lectures, publications, and manuscripts. Includes obituaries of other scientists.

Series D: Cameron's work on pathologists and history of pathology.

The second accession has not yet been catalogued, but contains further papers of and relating to Cameron, 1917-1968, including:

- Various professional and personal certificates, 1917-1966, among them copies of Cameron's birth certificate, various medical registration certificates, and the certificate of his cremation;

- Various photographs, 1920-1962 and undated, some unlabelled, including family photographs, holiday photographs, and formal occasions;

- Correspondence between Cameron and Professor Cyril L Oakley, 1945-1965, on scientific, professional, personal and social matters;

- Typescripts, 1951-1952, for an unpublished book by Cameron on immunology;

- Two official letters to Cameron concerning his knighthood, 1957;

- Cameron's personal diaries, 1961-1963, including a trip to Italy and a trip to Australia and around the world;

- Proofs of Cameron's 'Who's Who' entries;

- Press cuttings, 1954-1966, including various obituaries of Cameron, 1966; offprints of Cameron's obituaries from the 'Journal of Clinical Pathology', vol xx (1967), and 'Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society', vol xiv (1968), and typescript of obituary from 'The Lancet', 10 Oct 1966;

- Photostat of typescript address at Cameron's memorial service and printed order of service, 1966;

- Letters of condolence on Cameron's death, 1966;

- Miscellaneous printed and typescript material, including articles on scientific subjects and on the history of medicine by Cameron, and obituaries by Cameron of other scientists; various obituaries of scientists other than Cameron, including an offprint of Oakley's obituary of Alexander Thomas Glenny for 'Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society', vol xii (1966), related correspondence, 1966, and other papers on Glenny including photographs and a typescript bibliography.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cameron was born at Echuca, Victoria, Australia, 1899; educated at Kyneton High School; joined Melbourne University, Queen's College, where he read medicine, 1916; appointed Tutor in Physiology, Histology and Pathology at Queen's College, 1923; invited by C H Kellaway to succeed F M Burnet as his first assistant and Deputy Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, 1925; went to Europe, 1927; worked first under Ludwig Aschoff at the Pathological Institute at the University in Freiburg im Breslau, Germany, and later under A E Boycott at University College Hospital Medical School (UCHMS), London; at UCHMS, Graham Scholar in Pathology, 1928-1930; Beit Fellow, 1930-1933; spent a year as a pathologist at Queen Mary's Hospital, Stratford, London, 1933-1934; Reader in Pathology at UCHMS, 1934-1937; Assistant Editor of the 'Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology', 1935-1955; Professor of Morbid Anatomy at UCHMS, 1937-1964; seconded to the Chemical Defence Experimental Station, Porton Down, Wiltshire, 1939-1945; at UCHMS, Director of the Graham Department of Pathology, 1946-1964; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1946; member of the Agricultural Research Council, 1947-1956; member of Council, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, from 1948; a member of the Medical Research Council, 1952-1956; knighted, 1957; Secretary of Advisory Council, Beit Memorial Fellowship for Medical Research, 1959-1964; received the Royal Medal of the Royal Society, 1960; Foundation President of the College of Pathologists, 1962; Cameron's research topics included the pathology of liver disease and of oedema of the lung, and he approved of bringing biochemical concepts into pathology; retired, 1964; Honorary Consulting Pathologist to University College Hospital, London, and Emeritus Professor of Morbid Anatomy, University of London, 1964; Honorary Fellow, University College London, 1965; died, 1966. See also C L Oakley's memoir in 'Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society', vol xiv (1968), pp 83-117. Publications include: 'Pathology of the Cell' (Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh and London, 1952); with W G Spector, 'The Chemistry of the Injured Cell' (Charles C Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, 1961); with Hou Pao-Chang, 'Biliary Cirrhosis' (Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh and London, 1962); various papers in 'Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology'.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

First accession transferred to University College London from the CSAC in 1975. Further papers were given in 1997 by the Royal College of Pathologists.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed list available on online catalogue for the first accession. A draft list is available online for the second accession.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Some material was received for cataloguing by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre (CSAC) in 1975 from Professor Cyril L Oakley, author of the Royal Society memoir of Cameron.

Related Material

University College London Records Office holds a file on Cameron (administration archive files, ref: 37/19; Box 14).

The Royal College of Pathologists, London, Archives, hold further material relating to Cameron, including family letters dating from the eighteenth century. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, London, holds papers of Cameron. Printed material on the history of medicine, relating to Cameron's proposed history of pathology, was accepted by the library of the Wellcome Unit of the History of Medicine, Oxford.