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Papers of Geoffrey Beale relating to Charlotte Auerbach, 1898-1995

Identifier: Coll-1266/4

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers collated by Geoffrey Beale as part of the preparation of his biographical memoir of Charlotte Auerbach for the Royal Society, published in 1995. Contains: Correspondence regarding Beale's research about Auerbach, papers concerning Auerbach's family history, copies of Auerbach's obituaries, letters from colleagues to Beale concerning Auerbach and a copy of the Royal Society memoir itself;Cassette tapes of interview recordings made of Charlotte Auerbach by Geoffrey Beale;Copies of some of Auerbach's published books;Some original Auerbach papers, including correspondence between Charlotte Auerbach and various colleagues, including Hermann J. Muller, and copies of reports by Auerbach and J.M. Robson to the Ministry of Supply about their mutation work.


  • Creation: 1898-1995


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

English, German, Russian

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open.

Biographical / Historical

Geoffrey Beale was a protozoologist and is credited as the founder of malarial genetics. He joined the Institute of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh in 1947, where he was offered a lectureship by C.H. Waddington. Beale was eventually appointed a Royal Society Research Professor in 1963, a position he held until his retirement in 1978. At the Institute, Beale became close friends with Charlotte Auerbach, among others. Geoffrey Beale's biographical memoir of Charlotte Auerbach was published by the Royal Society in 1995. Beale also published an article 'The Discovery of Mustard Gas Mutagenesis by Auerbach and Robson in 1941', which appeared in Genetics, 134, 393-399 (1993).


3 boxes

Custodial History

These papers were separated from the accession Acc.99/027 and given the new accession number E.2012.52, before becoming part of Coll-1266.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was transferred to Edinburgh University Archives Special Collections in 1999, as part of an accession of records which arrived via Anne Johnson at the Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology (Acc.99/027).

Related Materials

GB 237 Coll-1255/7/12: Papers of Geoffrey Beale - Biographical material relating to Charlotte Auerbach.

Repository Details

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