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Research Archive of Gordon H. K. Lawson

Identifier: Coll-1737

Content Description

This collection consists of extensive research notes, experiment notes, and experimental material (slides, USB, compact disks) covering the research by Gordon H.K. Lawson and Rebecca A. Mackie on Lawsonia intracellularis. Other additional material includes a small amount of correspondence, a doctoral thesis by Neil MacIntyre AIBMS from 2001, and copies of academic papers (journals).


  • Creation: 1972-2013


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation; although a few items contain personal data subject to Data Protection legislation, and will require the reader to sign a Data Protection form.

This collection contains 2 USB sticks, one floppy disk, and one compact disk that cannot be accessed until they have been assessed and processed by the Digital Archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Gordon Lawson (d 2018) was a microbiologist, head of veterinary pathology, and "reader" at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in the University of Edinburgh. He is credited with discovering the bacterium that has been named after him, Lawsonia intracellularis. This pathogen is associated with enteric disease in a variety of animals, but most prominently in pigs. In the early 1970s, this new bacterium was detected and associated with proliferative enteropathy (PE) in pigs. There was difficulty in cultivating the bacterium in vitro, until it was properly characterised for the first time in the early 1990s. It was found to be a curved bacilli within gut enterocytes, most predominately within the apical cytoplasm of crypt epithelial cells, and is an obligate intracellular Gram negative bacterium. Thus, it was named Lawsonia intracellularis in recognition of Gordon Lawson’s discovery of the bacterium.

No biographical information could be found on Rebecca A. Mackie.


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Other Finding Aids

A handlist exists. Please contact the repository for details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gordon H. K. Lawson in 2016. Accession no. SC-Acc-2016-0070.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin and Ashley Byrne in September-November 2022.

Research Archive of Gordon H. K. Lawson, 1972-2013
Aline Brodin and Ashley Byrne
Created in November 2022, published in December 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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