Papers of Paul E. Weatherley

Scope and Content

Personal papers of Professor Paul E. Weatherley, comprising a copy of his PhD dissertation, Studies in the Water Relations of the Cotton Plant (Keble College, Oxford, n.d.); small volume of records relating to his early work in the tropics, including work on mycological topics, 1939 - 1941 and n.d.; plans and records of the construction and use of the climatological wind tunnel in Aberdeen and Nottingham, including details of grant applications, architect's drawings and related correspondence, 1954 - 1966; correspondence re. his move from Nottingham to Aberdeen, 1959; typescript copy of inaugural lecture at the University of Aberdeen, Pursuit of Botany, 1959, and hand-written notes for first-year undergraduate lectures, 1968 - ; copies of his own published works, 1947 - 1965; copies of other publications mainly relating to his work on water relations, c 1950 - 1981; copies of 3 PhD theses on the use of the wind tunnel, supervised by him, 1962 - 1968; various addresses given by him to graduation ceremonies at the University of Aberdeen, the Society of Experimental Biology, and others, 1970s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Egerton Weatherley, F.R.S., was Professor of Botany, later, Plant and Soil Science, at the University of Aberdeen from 1959 until his retirement in 1981. His appointment as Fellow of the Royal Society was due in part to his innovative work on the construction and use of a climatological wind tunnel to study transpiration in plants, work which he began at Nottingham University and developed during his time in Aberdeen. His other main research interest was translocation of food substances in the phloem.


1/1 Personal papers; pre-Aberdeen period, 1939 - 1941 and n.d.; 1/2 Personal papers; Aberdeen years, 1959 - 1980s; 2/ Publications by Paul E. Weatherley, 1947 - 1965; 3/ Publications by others, c 1950 - 1981; 4/ Papers re. the wind tunnel, 1954 - 1966; 5/ Related material, unpublished, 1962 - 1968

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Jan 2000, by Dr Richard P.C. Johnson, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Aberdeen

Other Finding Aids

Summary list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail:

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

The records remained in the department of Plant and Soil Science after Professor Weatherley's retirement in 1981.


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