From W[alter] Ramsden (1869-1947)

Scope and Content

Letters sent from W[alter] Ramsden to Edith Mary (Dorrie) Collingwood.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Walter Ramsden, 1869-1947, emeritus professor of biochemistry in the University of Liverpool. Professor Ramsden, the fourth son of Dr W. H. F. Ramsden 1833-1900, a physician and surgeon of Saddleworth, Yorkshire went to Liverpool from Oxford in 1913 in the chair of biochemistry. Ramsden's main interest lay in the behaviour of proteins and surface membranes, yet he always found time for young clinicians and others who were feeling their way. Ramsden's teaching was mainly concerned with undergraduates. The result being that when the medical student had passed the second M B examination he entered the hospital wards with an interest in the biochemical problems of disease. Ramsden retired in 1931 and returned to Fellows' Room, Pembroke College, Oxford to continue his Sheppard Medical Fellowship, which was 'tenable for life unless forfeit by marriage'. He continued to follow his interest, bred silkworms and studied silkworm protein. Upon reading of his death, John Betjaman, who had great affection for Pembroke College wrote a poem entitled, ‘I.M. Walter Ramsden OB. March 26, 1947, Pembroke College, Oxford’. He was at Pembroke College at the same time as R. G> Collingwood and looked after him when he was unwell.