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Correspondence with Ian Gibson, 1960-1970

Identifier: Coll-1255/2/6

Scope and Contents

The earlier part of the correspondence concerns Gibson's research within the Institute of Animal Genetics. Later material concerns his research work at the University of East Anglia, as well as Beale's role as his academic referee.


  • Creation: 1960-1970

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Open. Where noted, the researcher may be required to complete a Data Protection undertaking form. A small amount of material is restricted and cannot be produced.

Biographical / Historical

Geoffrey Beale was Ian Gibson's PhD supervisor between 1960 and1963. They published three collaborative papers on Paramecium from 1961 and postulated a new concept, the 'metagon', envisaged as a stable RNA-containing cytoplasmic entity necessary for the maintenance of bacterium-like 'mu' particles (this theory was later invalidated). Gibson later worked with Beale's old mentor, Tracy Sonneborn, at Indiana University before moving to the University of East Anglia where he established a protozoan genetics research group. He was the first to establish homologies between different taxonomic groupings of protozoa.


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