Papers of Basil Walston Ribbons, 1926-2017, lecturer in botany, University of Glasgow, Scotland,

Scope and Content

Collection contains records of:  

  • Glasgow University Botany Department, 1951-1988;
  • Glasgow University societies, 1950-1976;
  • Non-University societies, 1955-1977;
  • Glasgow association of University Teachers (GUAT), 1949-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

Basil Walston Ribbons was born on the 21 May 1926. He was educated at the City of Norwich School, Norwich, and went on to study at Queen Mary College, University of London. In 1947 he graduated with a BSc in Botany. From 1947-1949 he held a post graduate studentship. Then in 1949 he joined the University of Glasgow as an assistant lecturer in the Botany Department. He was promoted to lecturer in 1952, working part-time from 1984. He remained with the University until his retirement in 1988. He took an active part in university life and from c1960 he was the Honorary Secretary of the Glasgow Association of University Teachers (GUAT), becoming its President in 1964. He also contributed numerous papers to botanical journals, and from 1962-1977 was the editor of The Glasgow Naturalist. Basil Ribbons passed away on January 1, 2017 at the age of 90.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : Dr Ribbons : Botany Department, Glasgow University, Glasgow, G12 8QQ : 1988

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Custodial History

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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.

Fonds level description compiled by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 23 May 2000. Lower level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 29 January 2004.

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