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Collection of Professor Hedley Duncan Wright

Identifier: Coll-729

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of a volume containing reprints of his articles, two diaries for the periods 1910 onwards and 1918 onwards, an illustrated transcript of the diaries with biographical details, and an album of photographs taken mainly in Persia during the First World War. There are also 5 medals.


  • Creation: 1910-1940

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Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

Hedley Duncan Wright was born on 3 March 1891 in Ulverstone, Tasmania, and was of Scottish descent. He studied at Queen's College, Hobart, where he obtained a B.A. (Tasm) in 1910, and then at Edinburgh University where he studied Medicine and obtained the M.B. and Ch.B., in 1916. Subsequently at Edinburgh he was awarded his M.D. in 1925, and D.Sc. in 1927. During the First World War, Wright served with the Royal Army Medical Corps for four years, in France, India, and Persia. After the war he returned to Edinburgh to take up research in Bacteriology. At Edinburgh University he held the post of Lecturer, 1920-1921, and at the Royal College of Physicians he held the post of Assistant Superintendent of the Research Laboratory, 1921-1923. In 1923 he went to London to become Lecturer and Reader at the University College Hospital. From 1930, Wright was Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Sydney, Australia, and then in 1934 he returned to Britain to become Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Liverpool. He was also the City Bacteriologist. Professor Hedley Duncan Wright died in Liverpool on 9 September 1942.


2 boxes containing 5 medals and 5 volumes including album, diaries, reprints.

Physical Location

E96.4; E96.16

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession nos. E96.4 and E96.16.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Collection of Professor Hedley Duncan Wright (1891-1942)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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