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Photograph album presented to Waddington by Institute staff on his 50th birthday, November 1955

 Item — Box: EUA IN1/ACU/A1/6/4
Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/A1/6/4

Scope and Contents

The volume contains various group and individual photographs of the Institute staff, as well as original paintings and drawings of Waddington in the mock-styles of various artists by Ruth Clayton and E.D Roberts. Some of the individuals feaured in the photographs are: Charlotte Auerbach, Boris Balinsky, Geoffrey Beale, Richard Alan Beatty, Alick Buchanan-Smith, George and Ruth Clayton, Hugh Donald, Douglas Falconer, Alan Greenwood, Henry Kacser, Mary Lyon, Eric Lucey, Margaret Perry, Alan Robertson, Forbes Robertson and Barnet 'Woggy' Woolf.

The volume is inscribed 'To Professor Waddington, with affection and good wishes from staff and students of the Department of Animal Genetics (November 1955)'. Inserted at the back of the volume is a large photographic portrait of 'Gregor Mendel as Pralat' c.1880 and of Geoffrey Beale, c.1980s.

Most of the photographs are credited as being taken by Miron Latyszewski, at that time a research officer at the Institute of Animal Genetics.


  • Creation: November 1955

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This material is open.

Biographical / Historical

Waddington's 50th birthday celebrations in November 1955 went down in the annals of the Institute's history. Alan Robertson's memoir of Waddington records that it 'marks in a way the peak of the Institute's existence under his leadership. The party was arranged with great effort, with a series of genetic ditties composed by Barnet Woolf and sung by a male voice choir conducted by Selman...There was an epigenetic landscape constructed as a pinball machine, with the ball mostly travelling down the main valley to produce normal phenotypes but on occasions being diverted into a secondary valley and producing a mutant.' (Alan Robertson, Conrad Hal Waddington 1905-1975, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 23, 575-622 (583) Dec 1977).


1 volume


39.6 x 29.4cm



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