FOX, Professor Harold Munro (1889-1967)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of Professor Harold Munro Fox, 1905-1968, comprising biographical papers, 1905-1965; notebooks and working papers, 1915-1967, including a journal, scientific observations and photographs relating to the Suez expedition, 1924-1925, laboratory notebooks,1925-1967; broadcast talks to schools, 1937-1939; lectures, chiefly from his last years at Bedford College, 1953-1955; publications, 1960-1967, including notes, correspondence, obituaries; personal and scientific correspondence, 1936-1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born Harold Munro Fuchs in Clapham, London, 1889; educated at Brighton College; read the Natural Sciences Tripos, specialising in zoology, at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1908-1911; worked at the Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1911-1912, and the Stazione Zoologica, Naples, 1912; Lecturer in Zoology, Royal College of Science, (Imperial College), London, 1913; changed name to Fox, 1914; enlisted in the Army Service Corps and served in the Balkans, Egypt, Salonika and Palestine, 1914-1918; Lecturer at the Government School of Medicine, Cairo, 1919-1923; Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1920-1928; Balfour Student, Cambridge University, 1924-1927; lead an expedition to study the fauna of the Suez Canal, 1924-1925; Professor of Zoology, University of Birmingham, 1927-1941; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1937; Professor of Zoology, Bedford College, London, 1941-1954; Fullerian Professor of Physiology, Royal Institution, 1953-1956; Emeritus Professor, Bedford College, London, Research Associate, Queen Mary College, London, 1955-1967; awarded the Darwin Medal 1966; research ranged over many aspects of zoology, but was especially concerned with marine invertebrates and ostracod crustacea; died, 1967. Publications: Blue Blood in Animals, and other essays in biology (G Routledge & Sons, London, 1928); Selene, or Sex and the Moon (Kegan Paul & Co, London, 1928); Biology. An introduction to the study of life (University Press, Cambridge, 1932); Elementary Science Harold Webb and Mildred Annie Grigg [with the assistance of Fox] (University Press, Cambridge, 1935,1936); Plants & Animals. The biology sections from Elementary Science by Harold Webb and Mildred Annie Grigg, edited by Fox (University Press, Cambridge, 1937); The Personality of Animals (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, New York, 1940); The Nature of Animal Colours ... Illustrated by colour photographs (Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1960).

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, to the College Archives in 1974.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives (CSAC catalogue no 10/4/74).

Separated Material

Letters to Charles Kay Ogden, 1929-1941, held at the Department of Manuscripts and Library Archives, Cambridge University Library (reference: Add 8310); personnel file held at Royal Holloway, University of London Archives (reference: BC AR/150/D589); papers and medals, held at Bedford College Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Custodial History

The papers were received by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, from Mrs Natasha Fox, widow, in 1973.

Related Material

Records of the Department of Zoology (KZ), held at Imperial College.

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