HEWER, Professor Humphrey Robert (1903-1974)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of Professor Humphrey Robert Hewer, 1918-1974, comprising biographical papers, 1918-1974, including diaries, photographs; notebooks, journals and working papers, 1929-1973, relating to field trips, his work on seals, zygaena and woodpeckers; papers and correspondence of various natural history committees and societies on which he served, 1967-1974; drafts and material relating to Hewer's publications (especially British seals), 1926-1972; photographs, drawings, notes, and scripts for various wildlife films, 1951-1974; correspondence;notebooks on zoology, cytology, made whilst a student at the Royal College of Science (Imperial College), [1920-1926].

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1903; educated at Imperial College, 1920-1923; Beit Fellow, Imperial College,1923; Lecturer in Zoology, Imperial College, 1926-1937, Reader, 1937-1964 and Professor of Zoology, 1964-1970, Imperial College, London; active in government service during the Second World War; Chief Rodent Officer, Ministry of Food, 1941-1945; Chairman, Advisory Committee, Infestation Control Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1965-1974; Chairman, Farm Animals Welfare Committee, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1967-1974; Secretary-General of the International Congress of Zoology, 1959; died, 1974. Publications: Practical Zoology. Instructions for dissection and preparation of elementary types of animals (Hutchinson, London, [1935]); XVth International Congress of Zoology, London 16-23 July 1958. Proceedings, edited jointly with N D Riley [London, 1958]; Grey Seals (Sunday Times, [London, 1962]).

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, to the College Archives in 1974. Professor Hewer's student notebooks were transferred separately to the College Archives.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the College Archives (CSAC catalogue no 23/17/74).

Conditions Governing Use

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Custodial History

The papers were received by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath, from Mrs Olive Hewer, widow, in 1974.

Related Material

Records of the Department of Zoology (KZ), held at Imperial College.