Sir Francis Darwin: Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8187: Christ's College notebook

A record of college meetings, 9 October 1894 - 27 May 1897, containing information about officers, elections, scholarships, finances, prices, the library and other matters. The writing is primarily on the recto, with doodles on the verso.

MS.Add.8188: Experimental notes

A series of files and a set of loose miscellaneous notes, 1906-1909, 1 box-file.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Francis Darwin (1848-1925), botanist, was born at Down, Kent, on 16 August 1848, the son of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He attended the grammar school at Clapham before entering Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1886 (B.A., 1870; M.B. and M.A., 1875). He studied medicine at St George's Hospital, but never went into practice. Darwin worked as his father's secretary and research assistant, 1875-1882. He became Cambridge University lecturer in botany in 1884, and Fellow of Christ's College in 1886. He was reader in botany, 1888-1904. Darwin was knighted in 1913, and died in Cambridge on 19 September 1925.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Library of the Department of Botany, Cambridge, 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Francis Darwin in J.R.H. Weaver, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1922-1930 (Oxford University Press, 1937), pp. 237-238.

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