Papers of Guido Pellegrino Arrigo Pontecorvo, publications

Scope and Content


  • Typescript bibliographies;
  • Copy of Pontecorvo's publications and reprints, 1938-1994;
  • Correspondence about Pontecorvo's contributions to books and journals, 1975-1994;
  • Draft manuscript copy of Jim Watson's Honest Jim and related correspondence, 1973-1995;
  • Human Gene Map circulars from Dr Victor McKusick, 1979-1983.

This description is part of the main  Guido Pontecorvo collection which has been divided into the following sections, each with its own separate description:  

Administrative / Biographical History

Guido Pellegrino Arrigo Pontecorvo(1907-1999), who liked to be known by his nickname, Ponte, was an Italian geneticist who became the University of Glasgow's first Professor of Genetics in 1955, and has been described as "one of the founding fathers of modern genetics". He endowed prizes and scholarships for students at the University and the Genetics Building was named for him in 1995. Born and educated in Pisa, Pontecorvo was forced to leave Italy in 1938 and settled in Scotland. He was appointed a lecturer in Genetics at the University's Zoology Department in 1945, and a new department was set up in the Anatomy laboratories of the Anderson College building soon afterwards. He became a Reader in 1952, three years before his appointment to the new Chair. He left Glasgow in 1968 to take a post at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund's laboratories in London. Pontecorvo was one of the leading figures of his day in the study of of cell genetics. For a more detailed biography see the  full Pontecorvo collection description.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

Access Information


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

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures. Duplicates were removed.

Related Material

Copies of some of Pontecorvo's books can be found in the  Universtity Library. .

Different versions of lecture notes for some of the lectures described in this series can also be found in the series of Pontercorvo's lectures and broadcasts at GB 248 UGC 198/8.

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and 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.

Collection catalogued by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing) from February 2011 to August 2011. Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Karyn Williamson, Project Assistant, August 2011 and Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing) February 2012.

Geographical Names