Papers of Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith, societies and organisations

Scope and Content

Includes material from six organisations:  

  • The bulk relates to the Human Genome Organisation, HUGO, of which Ferguson-Smith was a founding and Executive Council member. Most of the material relates to the European Commission (EC) support for Single Chromosome Workshops (SCWs), including the 1991 Working Party (which included Ferguson-Smith) of the Advisory Committee for the Human Genome Analysis programme that recommended the EC should fund SCWs under HUGO guidelines, and subsequent EC contracts to fund SCWs, March 1992-October 1999;
  • There is also significant material relating to the foundation of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis in 1996. Ferguson-Smith was a founder member, serving on the Board, and as President ,1998-2002.

This description is part of the main  Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith collection which has been divided into the following sections, each with its own separate description:  

Administrative / Biographical History

Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith (1931- ) is a celebrated geneticist whose work on gene mapping has shaped our understanding of human evolution. Ferguson-Smith graduated MB, ChB in 1955 and was appointed a lecturer in Medical Genetics at the University in 1961. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1965 , a Reader in 1971, and Professor of Medical Genetics in1973. He was also Honorary Consultant in Medical Paediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children from 1966 and in Clinical Genetics at Yorkhill and Associated Hospitals from 1973 to 1987. In 1987, Ferguson-Smith left Glasgow to become Professor of Pathology and Professorial Fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. He was also Director of the Cambridge University Centre for Medical Genetics from 1989. For a complete biography see the  Malcolm Andrew Ferguson-Smith collection  description.


Arranged into record series alphabetically by name of society or organisation then chronologically within record series. The files described below are arranged into separate folders which contain loose pages of correspondence and other related papers and reports.

Conditions Governing Access

Some of the material in this collection has restricted access conditions. Please contact the Duty Archivist to apply for permission to view this material. Contact details are as follows: Duty Archivist, Archive Services, University of Glasgow, 13 Thurso Stree, Glasgow, G11 6PE.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Sub-fonds level description compiled by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), September 2010. Lower level description originally compiled by Timothy E Powell, Heather Bird and Simon Coleman from the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, in 2008 and later edited by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), September 2010. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), September 2010.