University College London, Galton Laboratory

Scope and Content

Estimate for fittings relating to the Galton Laboratory at the University College London.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Galton Laboratory, based at University College London, conducts research into human genetics. It was originally established in 1904, and became part of UCL's Biology Department in 1996.

The Galton Laboratory was founded in UCL as early as 1904, as a centre for research in human genetics The Annals of Human Genetics was founded here in 1925 by Karl Pearson, the first Galton Professor, and the journal has always been edited at the Galton. Pearson was succeeded by R. A. Fisher in 1934. The post-war Galton Professors were Lionel Penrose up to 1965, Harry Harris to 1976 and Bette Robson until 1994. J.B.S. Haldane held the Chair of Biometry here and was succeeded by C.A.B. Smith. The Galton Laboratory became part of the Department of Biology in UCL in 1996. MRC Human Biochemical Genetics Unit was established by Harris in 1962. He was Hon. Director until he went to Philadelphia in 1976, and the Unit continued under the direction of David Hopkinson until its closure in October 2000.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description available.