Zuckerman Archive: British Industrial Biological Research Association

Scope and Content

According to a letter that he wrote to Sir Owen Wansbrough-Jones (a vice-president of the organization), 19 October 1974, Solly Zuckerman paid BIBRA little attention until a couple of years ago, when I tried to stir Whitehall into taking the lead for setting up in the U.K. an EEC body to co-ordinate our standards. In 1974 he visited BIBRA, and spoke - as guest of honour - at its Annual Lunch. Shortly afterwards BIBRA's Chairman of Council, R.J.L. Allen, invited him to succeed the late Sir Charles Dodds as its President. Zuckerman held that office until his death. He took over the Presidency at a time when BIBRA was re-thinking its future in the light of the UK's accession to the EEC and all that it entailed in the field of standards.

As President, Zuckerman's principal official tasks were to preside over the Annual Lunch (later this became the Annual Dinner, and coincided with the AGM and Annual Scientific Meeting) and to persuade suitable public figures to attend as guests of honour. Formally, he accepted the office on condition that it is essentially honorific [letter to R.J.L. Allen, 18 June 1974, in Sub-file SZ/BIBRA/3/1]. There is evidence, however, that he took a keen interest in the organization and its services, and actively promoted its interests.

SZ/BIBRA/3 Correspondence, 1974-1993, contains three sub-files of correspondence with chairmen of Council, directors, and the Secretary, M.D. Clarke. The Chairmen of Council with whom he corresponded were R.J.L. Allen, F.A. Fairweather, and Eric A. Flack; the Directors were Dr R.F. Crampton, Professor D.M. Conning, Gordon C. Hard, and Dr S.D. Gangolli.

This series is to some extent complementary to series SZ/CS (Cadbury Schweppes) and SZ/ZP (Zuckerman Project), and there is also related correspondence in Series SZ/GEN (personal and general correspondence), in particular with those people approached to be guests of honour at the Annual Dinner, among whom were Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duke of Kent, and Peter Walker, MP.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Industrial Biological Research Association (BIBRA) was set up in 1961 and jointly funded by Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF), and Industry as a non-profit and independent authoritative source of expertise in toxicology. Its industrial clients are concentrated heavily, but not exclusively, in the pharmaceuticals and food sectors. Its facilities are based at Carshalton, Surrey, adjacent to the Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Laboratory.


  • SZ/BIBRA/1 Annual Dinners, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1989-1990
  • SZ/BIBRA/2 Documents, 1975, 1982, 1985, 1989
  • SZ/BIBRA/3 Correspondence, 1974-1993

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