Notebooks and Manuscripts of D.M.S. Watson

Scope and Content

The collection has varied notebooks and papers relating to his work on fossil vertebrates. There are notes for a paper on the therapsid brain case, a manuscript relating to ichthyostegids, notes on Pterosaurus and on Dissorophids. There are drawings of Ichthyosaurus and some other sketches. A few miscellaneous letters are available.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Meredith Seares Watson (1886-1973) was educated at the University of Manchester where he specialized in geology, graduating in 1907. In 1910 he worked for a year at the British Museum (Natural History) where he was interested in fossil vertebrates from South Africa and soon after was able to visit the country. He worked on his new collections in London from 1912 to 1914. He was Lecturer in Vertebrate Palaeontology at University College London 1912-1921.

He made further collections in Australia and USA. He continued to work as Professor at University College London until 1951. His publications dealt with various aspects of vertebrate paleontology.

Access Information

Manuscripts can be consulted on appointment only. The Museum of Zoology is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 17:00 pm. Access and reproduction is at the discretion of the Archivist.


Description compiled by Kees Rookmaaker, Archives Hub project archivist. The biography was compiled with reference to Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 20 (1974), pp.483-502.

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