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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.


  • 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

Repository Details

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