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Material relating to the reorganisation of the Genetics Laboratory, 1957 - c1967

Identifier: Coll-41/8/12

Scope and Contents

Contains: various photocopies of floorplans of the laboratories with handwritten annotations and some notes, apparently in Waddington's hand, and a rough draft of a typed 'comments on Douglas' letter' [presumably Douglas Falconer] and a draft letter to 'Henry' [probably Henrik Kacser] (July 1967), responding to complaints about the new accommodation and office arrangements; various papers relating to the financial support of the Laboratory, including typescript reports 'The Development of Non-Medical Biology in Edinburgh during the next Quinquennium' [written by Waddington for the E.P Carnegie Grant committee], 'Securing the Immediate Future of the Lab (IAG)' (several copies), 'Development of the Department of Genetics Up to and Beyond 1972' (2 copies), including Waddington's recommendations for the Laboratory reorganisations and his predictions of where the Department was heading. Also present is correspondence with Michael Swann, the Agricultural Research Council and Medical Research Council.


  • Creation: 1957 - c1967

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

Waddington made the case for reorganisation of the Genetics Laboratory and the reallocation of responsibilities following the expansion of the scope and amount of work in the Institute of Animal Genetics, in particular the expansion of Molecular Biology and Bacterial Genetics Groups. Waddington recommended the appointment of a second Professor of Genetics (he proposed D.S Falconer), the transfer of Henrik Kacser's responsibilities from the MRC to the University 'side' of the Laboratory, and the recruitment of an administrative assistant.

Falconer was awarded a personal chair by the University in 1968, taking over responsibility for genetics teaching and for the administration of the genetics laboratory.


2 folders