Papers of: Daly, Ivan de Burgh (1893-1974)

Scope and Content

The papers consist primarily of Daly's meticulous records of experiments, covering the period 1919-1965, in a series of large notebooks, all indexed by him, some of which represent compilations of material gathered over many years from a variety of sources. There is also correspondence with, and biographical information regarding, several eminent physiologists including Sir Edward Sharpey-Schafer and Sir Charles Sherrington. William Sharpey is represented by five autograph letters to Sir Charles Lyell, 1858-1871.

Administrative / Biographical History

Daly was born on 14 April 1893 in Leamington Spa and educated at Rossall School, 1906-1911, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1911-1914, and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, qualifying M.B., B.Ch., Cambridge, in 1918. In addition to completing his medical training, he also served with the Royal Navy Air Service during the First World War. Daly was Assistant in the Physiology Department, University College, London, 1919-1923, and Lecturer in Experimental Physiology, University of Wales, Cardiff, 1923-1927. He held Chairs in Physiology at the Universities of Birmingham, 1927-1933, and Edinburgh, 1933-1947, seconded 1943-1945, as Director of the Medical Research Council's Physiological Laboratory, Armoured Fighting Vehicle Training School, Lulworth, Dorset. He became the first Director of the Agricultural Research Council's Institute of Animal Physiology, Babraham, Cambridge, 1948-1958. He continued in active research in retirement as Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, 1958-1962, and with the financial support from the National Institutes of Health, USA, 1962-1965, at the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford. Daly was a leading authority on pulmonary and bronchial systems. He died on 8 February 1974. He was elected FRS in 1943.


By section as follows: A. Biographical and correspondence; B. Scientific notebooks and working papers; C. Chapters for monograph on intrinsic lung mechanisms. Index of correspondents.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The majority of these papers were placed in the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre (now Archives and Manuscripts following merger with Western Manuscripts) in 1976 by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre (now the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists); the CSAC had received them for cataloguing from Professor Michael de Burgh Daly, the elder son of Ivan de Burgh Daly, in 1975. A letter previously listed among the papers of Professor E B Verney which had been given to the CMAC in 1984 via Prof M de Burgh Daly has now been placed at A.15. In November 1991, Professor Michael de Burgh Daly gave to the CMAC the original draft of an unpublished monograph entitled 'An introduction to the experimental study of intrinsic lung mechanisms', with related manuscripts, notes and correspondence; and a bundle of graphs and illustrations of capillary surface area; which have been added to the collection as C.1-2 and B.30 respectively (CMAC accession nos 41 and 404).

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, 1976 (Printed Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Ivan de Burgh Daly: CSAC catalogue no. 39/3/76, 9 pp. Copies available from NCUACS, University of Bath). Catalogue substantially amended by SM Dixon, CMAC, Wellcome Library, September 1995. Detailed catalogue available at

Archivist's Note

Description based on that created by NCUACS, University of Bath, with amendments by Helen Wakely, Wellcome Library.

Separated Material

Correspondence with AV Hill, 1948-71, Cambridge University: Churchill Archives Centre (Reference: AVHL). The family retains some biographical material.

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