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Material relating to the University of Edinburgh, 1946-1975

Identifier: Coll-41/8

Scope and Contents

This material includes correspondence with the ARC and University boards and committees upon which Waddington sat, as well as material concerning Waddington's lectures at the University.

Most of the files of correspondence contain original letters from correspondents, as well as manuscript or carbon copies of Waddington's responses.


  • Creation: 1946-1975


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the researcher completing a Data Protection undertaking form wherever noted. A small amount of the material has been redacted, pending a future review.

Biographical / Historical

When Waddington was appointed by the Agricultural Research Council to the position of chief geneticist at National Animal Breeding and Genetics Research Organisation (NABGRO) in 1946, he also took up the University's Buchanan Chair in Animal Genetics. His relationship with the University became formalised in 1951, when a 'genetics section' separated itself from NABGRO (by then known as ABRO) and became what was known as the ARC Unit of Animal Genetics, of which Waddington was Director. This Unit was under the jurisdiction of the ARC, still housed within the Institute of Animal Genetics, although by this time Waddington was fully an employee of the University. Waddington played a large role in the expansion of the biological faculty of the University of Edinburgh, including the appointment of Michael Swann as professor of zoology and the creation of a department of molecular biology.


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The material was arranged in a roughly chronological fashion. This order has been maintained, with a few alterations made to tighten up chronology. In the interests of simplicity, it was decided to keep the material in a straight 'list' format rather than try to impose any artificial divisions of genre or topic.

Physical Location


Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Clare Button August 2012

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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