Papers and correspondence of David Kirby, 1932-1969. Zoologist

Scope and Content

The papers consist of laboratory notebooks, lecture notes, research grant applications, and some scientific correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kirby was educated at Melton Mowbray Grammar School and, after National Service in the RAF, Durham University. He began his research career in the Department of Zoology, Oxford University where he became Senior Research Officer. His principal research interests were in embryology and reproductive physiology. In 1965 he was appointed Fellow and Tutor in Zoology at St Catherine's College, Oxford. He died after injuries received in a road accident.


By section as follows: Biographical, Laboratory notebooks, Lectures, Correspondence. Index of correspondents.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

Printed Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of David Kirby (1932-1969) by J. Alton and H. Weiskittel, CSAC catalogue no. 13/7/74, 5 pp. Copies available form NCUACS, University of Bath.

Separated Material

Material relating to Kirby's Fellowship at St Catherine's College, Oxford, is held there.

Custodial History

Received for cataloguing in 1973 by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre from Dr W.D. Billington, Department of Pathology, Bristol University. Placed in BodleianLibrary (gift) in 1974.