Papers of Guido Pontecorvo, research photos and slides

Scope and Content


  • Genetics research slides, including sldies of Aspergillus cultures and PEG cell fusion and slides used by Pontecorvo for a lecture on the history of genetics;
  • Photographic slides of alpine plants, mountainous areas, and local residents, places and tourist attractions, taken by Pontecorvo during his trips to places like Colaroado, Washington, Hawaii, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy, Iran, Peru and Sri Lanka;
  • Photograph slides taken around Scotland and in the area surrounding Pontecorvo's Swiss chalet in St Luc;
  • Large collection of photographic slides of alpine plants taken by Pontecorvo in various locations around the world for research which he used to illustrate lectures and for research for the book he was writing on plants at high altitudes.

More detailed descriptions of items in this section of the Pontecorvo collection will appear here soon. For more information contact the Duty Archivist.

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.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

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

Related Material

GB 248 UGC 198/5 contains correspondence and papers relating to Pontecorvo's research trips abroad.

GB 248 UGC 198/8, lecture notes for genetics and alpine related lectures and seminars Pontecorvo gave at institutions at home and abroad. Some of the research slides in this section were used in Pontecorvo's lectures.


No known publications using this material

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 Victoria Stobo, Archive Assistant, February 2012.

Geographical Names