Papers of Corkill, Norman Lace (1898-1966)

Scope and Content

Papers of Norman Lace Corkill, c1939-1965 (mostly undated), consisting of a collection of articles by other authors used by Corkill in his work with particular reference to the geography and health of the Arabian area; articles and notes by Corkill concerning nutrition, diet, vitamin deficiency, and disorders and diseases caused by poor nutrition; detailed surveys and breakdown of nutritional content of the local diet and household expenditure on food; reports and documentation on WHO Project Iran, and the Aden Protectorate Health Service; detailed reports by Corkill on his examination of Prisoner of War camps in the Sudan, World War Two and a study of the Nuba community. Also includes correspondence and research relating to a study of folk medicine in Iran carried out in 1966 and nutrition surveys of Iran.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 11 Jun 1898; educated Liverpool Institute and Liverpool University; served King's (Liverpool) Regiment, 1915-1919; qualified MB, ChB, University of Liverpool, 1925; MD (Liverpool), 1926; worked in Iraq Health Service, 1927-1930; Professor of Zoology, Royal College of Medicine of Iraq; Civil Staff Surgeon, Baghdad; worked in Sudan Medical Service (SMS), 1930-1946; served in Sudan Defence Force and Royal Army Medical Corps, Mirala (appointed Lt Col), World War Two, 1940-1944; Medical Officer of Health, Khartoum, 1944; Assistant Director (Public Health) SMS, 1945-1946; Senior Lecturer in Tropical Hygiene, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, 1946-1948; Quarantine Expert, Saudi Arabia, 1948-1950; Short Term Consultant in Nutrition, World Health Organization (WHO), 1951; Health Adviser, Aden Protectorate Health Service, 1951-1952; WHO. Nutritionist, Teheran, 1962-1963; died 26 Sep, 1966. Publications: Snakes and Snake Bite in Iraq (1932); The Feeding of Sudanese Infants (1946); contributions on tropical medicine and ophiology.


Arranged into three series: Research papers (Corkill/01); Nutrition surveys in Iran (Corkill/02) and correspondence concerning the paper on 'Tradition and health in Iran with special reference to nutrition and mothers and children' (Corkhill/03).

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Acquisition Information

Donated to the School by Corkill's widow, 1966.

Other Finding Aids

General index of box contents available in hard copy at the School.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Erika Gwynett and Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project and edited by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer. Source: Who's Who.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Custodial History

Note in one of boxes ' The papers and photographic slides given herewith were the property of Dr Norman Lace Corkill of the Aden Protectorate Health Service, who died in 1967, bequeathing them to St Antony's College, Cambridge. St Antony's has retained his papers of political or ecomomic value to historians but passes those of purely medical interest to London University, to be stored or destroyed at its discretion. From the Middle East Centre, Miss Monroe'