Stacey, Reginald Stephen

Scope and Content

Papers of Reginald Stephen Stacey, 1931-1972, mainly relating to his pharmacology work at St Thomas's Hospital, London, comprising laboratory notebooks, 1931 and 1956-1967, containing pharmacological testing methods, experiments, observations and research; working papers, 1952-1972, notably comprising notes, correspondence, drafts and offprints relating to Stacey's work on 5-Hydroxy-tryptamine (5-HT), platelets, brain amines, and the effects of various drugs; publications, 1949-1970, including works on platelets, the relation of brain amines to depression, and other pharmacological issues; lectures by Stacey, 1955-1971, on platelets, 5-HT, iatrogenic diseases, therapeutics, and types of drugs; conference papers, 1967-1968; material relating to committees and societies, 1963-1972, including the British Journal of Pharmacology, the British National Committee for Physiological Sciences, the British Pharmacological Society, the British Pharacopeia Commission, the Research Defence Society, and the Society for Drug Research; correspondence, 1959-1972, with academics and scientists; teaching material, 1949-1970, for courses in pharamacology, therapeutics and anaesthetics; papers relating to the University of London and other examining bodies, 1964-1970; and biographical material relating to Stacey, including photographs, 1932-1938 and 1968, and obituary notices.

Administrative / Biographical History

Reginald Stephen Stacey was born in London in 1905. He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School, and later attended Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he graduated in Physiology in 1927. After spending a year at the University of Vienna (1927), Stacey gained his Bachelor of Surgery (B.Chir) at St Thomas's Medical Hospital in 1930. He was appointed First Assistant to the Professor of Medicine, St Thomas's from 1932 to 1935, when he became Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Royal College of Medicine in Baghdad. Stacey was subsequently a Reader, 1948-1958, and a Professor, 1958-1970, of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at St Thomas's Hospital. In 1963 he was made the first holder of the Chair in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of London, and from 1970 to his death in 1974 he worked at the Wellcome Research Laboratories in Beckenham.


The papers mainly retain the order imposed upon them by Reginald Stephen Stacey.

Access Information

Open for research although individual files may be subject to closures the Freedom of Information Act. At least 24 hours prior notice should be given of research orders.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs.H.N.Stacey via the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, Oxford, in 1975. Further papers were given by the Wellcome Research Laboratories in Beckenham.

Other Finding Aids

'Report on the papers of Reginald Stephen Stacey...' (1974), listed by Jeannine Alton and Harriot Weiskittel for the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.