Haldane Correspondence

Scope and Content

File of personal correspondence between John Burdon Sanderson Haldane and Benjamin Ifor Evans, Provost of University College London, on the resignations of Haldane and his wife Helen Spurway.

Administrative / Biographical History

Haldane was born on 5 November 1892. He was educated at Eton and at New College Oxford where he attained his MA. During the First World War he served in the Black Watch in France and Iraq, 1914-1919. From 1919 to 1922 he was a Fellow of New College Oxford; then moving to Cambridge University to be a Reader in Biochemistry until 1932. He was also the Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the Royal Institution from 1930 to 1932. Then he went to University College London to become Professor of Genetics (1933-1937) and later Professor of Biometry (1937-1957). After this, Haldane became Research Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute until 1961. In 1962 he was Head of the Genetics and Biometry Laboratory for the Government of Orissa. He received medals for scientific excellence during his career, and also published many scientific articles and writings. Haldane died on 1 December 1964.

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The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Part of College records at University College London handed to the Library in January 1977.

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Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds papers of Haldane and his first wife Charlotte, 1935-1957 (Ref: HALDANE); six letters to D M S Watson, 1958-1963, and one to J O Wisdom, 1954 (Ref: MS ADD 112); correspondence and book reviews relating to India, 1959-1963 (Ref: MS ADD 277); copies of correspondence with Arthur C Clarke, 1951, 1962-1964 (Ref: MS ADD 379); letters to Lionel Sharples Penrose, 1934-1968 (Ref: PENROSE); five letters to his sister Naomi (later Mitchison) [1907], [1915] and undated (Ref: MS MISC 4H); an undated poem and manuscript notes (Ref: MS MISC 5H).