Richards, Peter (b 1936)

Scope and Content

Papers of Professor Peter Richards, 1945-1995, comprising papers relating to the Flowers' Report, 1977-1981, including responses from students unions, medical colleges, societies, institutes and associations, staffs of medical schools in the University of London, Health Authorities and hospitals; summaries of submissions on the Flowers' Committee; correspondence concerning the rebuilding of St Mary's Hospital and the School's response to the report, draft speech, correspondence and papers relating to the possible closure of the Medical School, comments on the report by St Mary's Hospital Medical School, and other medical colleges, schools, societies, institutes and associations; papers concerning the proposed joint University College, Middlesex and St Mary's School of Medicine, 1980-1981, including reports, correspondence and background papers relating to the Way Working Party to consider a joint medical school, press pack for press briefing on threatened closure of St Mary's Hospital Medical School, assessments of the academic departments at Middlesex and University College Hospital; papers relating to the merger with Imperial College, 1985-1993, including agenda papers of Imperial College Board of Studies, press release, report of the Joint Planning Committee to the Senate of the University of London, press cuttings, Medical School academic plan 1988-1993, correspondence relating to the establishment of Imperial College School of Medicine; working notes and memoranda, 1980-1995; papers of Harold Edwards, [Dean, 1973-1979], on the Royal Commission on Medical Education and proposed merger of the medical schools of St Mary's and Middlesex Hospitals and Bedford College, 1970-1975; papers relating to St Charles' Hospital, 1972-1978; papers relating to the University of London Joint Planning Committee review of pre-clinical teaching, 1980; Joint Medical Advisory Committee on the report of the working party on medical costs, 1980-1981; collaboration between St Mary's Hospital Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, 1979-1993, including minutes of the Joint Committee, 1980-1991; proposed national centre for postgraduate medical education and research, 1985-1986; University of London's recurrent grant to St Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1981-1986; NHS funding, 1987-1994; collaboration between St Mary's Hospital Medical School and Northwick Park Hospital, 1987-1988; University of London Administrative Review, 1989, and Strategic Academic Plan 1990-1991, 1989; St Mary's Hospital Medical School staffing, 1976-1995, computing, 1975-1986; centenary celebrations for Alexander Fleming, 1981, and Augustus Waller, 1984; BBC television series, 1988; press releases and cuttings, 1945-1995; reports of working parties and committees, [1980-1991].

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1936; educated at Monkton Combe School, Emmanuel College Cambridge, St George's Hospital Medical School, Royal Postgraduate Medical School; Consultant Physician, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, 1970-1973; Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1970-1973; Senior Lecturer in Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, 1973-1979; Dean and Professor of Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1979-1995; Pro-Rector (Medicine), Imperial College, 1988-1995; Chairman, Council of Deans of UK Medical Schools and Faculties, 1994-1995; member, General Medical Council, 1994-[1997]; member, Royal College of Physicians, London, 1994-[1997]. Publications: The Medieval Leper joint editor (Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics, 1977); Understanding Water, Electrolyte and Acid/Base Metabolism 1983; Learning Medicine 1983; Living Medicine 1990; scientific papers especially concerning kidney disease and criteria for selection of medical students.


The papers are arranged by deposit and according to subject as outlined in the scope and content.