Papers of Keith Vickerman, 1933-2016, Regius Professor of Zoology, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

ACCN 4076:  

  • Degree certificates, 1955-1970;
  • Financial papers and accounts, 1958-2009;
  • Personal and professional correspondence, 1946-2009;
  • Applications for jobs and grants by Vickerman with related papers, 1962-2009;
  • Applications for jobs and grants by others with related papers and correspondence, 1962-2005;
  • Research notes and lecture materials, 1960s-2001;
  • Drafts of journal articles by Vickerman with related correspondence, Jun 1968-Apr 2002;
  • Papers relating to scientific societies, 1969-2007;
  • Papers related to conferences, professional visits and meetings, Jan 1962-Apr 2008;
  • Books and other printed material on Zoology and related fields, 1960-2007;
  • Photographs, illustrations and diagrams, personal and scientific c1960s-2006;
  • Printed ephemera, 1970s-2000;
  • Lab Coat, c1980s-2000s.

ACCN 4232:  

  • Personal papers, 1963-2012;
  • Personal and professional correspondence, 1964-2011;
  • Applications for jobs and grants with related papers and correspondence, 2001-2004;
  • Research notes and lecture materials, 1970-2009;
  • Drafts of journal articles with related correspondence, 20th-early 21st century;
  • Papers relating to scientific societies, 2003-2009;
  • Papers relating to conferences, professional visits and meetings, 1966-2009;
  • Publications and other printed material on Zoology and related fields, 1949-2011;
  • Diaries, 1973-2008;
  • Photographs, illustrations and diagrams, personal and scientific, 1984-2003.

Administrative / Biographical History

Keith Vickerman (1933-2016) was an Honorary Professor in the Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. He was titular Professor of Zoology 1974 to his appointment to the John Graham Kerr Chair of Zoology 1979, and Regius Professor of Zoology  1984-1998 . Born in Huddersfield  21 March 1933 , he attended local schools and King James's Grammar School.

He studied Zoology at University College London under Professor P.B. Medawar and the helminthologist Ben Dawes. He graduated with first class honours in 1955. He studied for a PHD at the University of Exeter under the supervision of Dr Julian Hawes.

In 1958 he was awarded a lectureship in Zoology at University College London. Whilst a lecturer he worked for a time at the East African Trypanosomiasis Research Organization in Tororo, Uganda. In 1963 he was awarded a Royal Society's Tropical Research Fellowship. He spent time at the Nigerian Institute of Trypanosomiasis Research in Jos, in northern Nigeria. His research there led him to new discoveries about trypanosomes that would lead to the development of anti-trypanosome drugs.

In 1968 he was made a Reader of Zoology at Glasgow University. In 1974 he was appointed to a Titular Chair, in 1979 John Graham Kerr Professor of Zoology and in 1984 Regius Professor. He became a Fellow the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1970, the Royal Society in 1984 and the United Kingdom Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998. He was a recipient of the Royal Society Leeuwenhoek medal and the gold medal of the Linnean Society. He retired in 2000 but continued to work on a series of collaborative studies with Tom Cavalier-Smith with the help of a small number of postgraduate students and research colleagues.

Vickerman was a keen gardener and President of the Friends of the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. He addressed Scottish Parliament in 2001 on the need for allotments and green corridors running through cities. He died on  28 June 2016.


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Access Information

Acquisition Information

Transfer : Zoology : 02/12/2016 : ACCN 4076

Gift : Moira Vickerman : 23/11/2018 : ACCN 4232

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Box list available on application to the Duty Archivist

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Related Material

Records of the University of Glasgow Department of Zoology GUA ZOO

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and 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 Florence Dall, Archives Assistant 26 Jan 2018. ACCN 4076 box listed by Abigail Hartley, Placement Student, 10 Nov 2016. ACCN 4232 box listed by Laura Burchell and Kate Guariento, Archive Assistants, 20 May 2019. Fonds level description updated by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 12 Jul 2019.

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