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Biographical material relating to Charlotte Auerbach, 1993-2002

Identifier: Coll-1255/7/12

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence with various individuals concerning biographical details relating to Auerbach, a draft typescript of a longer version of Beale's Royal Society memoir of Auerbach as well as a copy of the printed piece, and Beale's chapter on Auerbach and Robson's discovery of mustard gas.


  • 1993-2002

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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

Charlotte Auerbach arrived at the Institute of Animal Genetics in Edinburgh in 1933 after being forced to flee Germany and the anti-Semitic laws in place there at the time. Auerbach became best known for her 1941 discovery with J.M. Robson that mustard gas causes mutagenesis.

This material was likely gathered together as part of Beale's preparation of his biographical memoir of Auerbach which 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).


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