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Young, Maureen (1915-2013)
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Professor Maureen Young published well over 100 peer-reviewed original papers as well as reviews and chapters in books, in a publishing career that spanned 63 years from 1940 until she was 88 in 2003.

This section of files contains manuscripts, drafts, research notes and correspondence with researchers relating to specific published and unpublished papers and chapters.

At St Thomas', her initial research focused on the placental transfer of curare and other drugs using rabbits and guinea pigs and then on the adaptations to the newborn circulation in collaboration with clinical colleagues. Finally, her interests moved onto fetal growth and nutrition with particular emphasis on placental transfer of amino acids and the role of insulin in fetal protein turnover in a wide range of species including guinea-pigs, rabbits, sheep and horses.

- Taken from the obituary written by Abigail Fountain in Physiology News, Winter 2013, Issue 93. [accessed 20 October 2016].

For each file the article title is stated, and where known the bibliographical details of its publication. In earlier publications Maureen Young was sometimes credited by the name Ina Maureen Young, or I.M. Young.

In 1993, Professor Young contributed two chapters to the book Women Physiologists: an anniversary celebration of their contributions to British physiology, ed. Lynn Bindman, Alison Brading, Tilli Tansey, Portland Press, London, 1993; Professor Young also contributed a chapter to McCance and Widdowson: A Scientific Partnership of 60 Years, ed. Margaret Ashwell, British Nutrition Foundation, 1993, a book on her friend and colleague Elsie Widdowson (1906-2000).

In 1999, Professor Young contributed to a book on the history of Bedford College, University of London where she studied Physiology, graduating in 1938. She worked in Bedford's Physiology Department from 1941-1946; during WWII, between 1942-1945, the College was evacuated to the Physiology Laboratory in Cambridge. In 1985, Bedford College merged with Royal Holloway College, University of London. The merged institution was named Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (RHBNC), and is now generally known as Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL).

Professor Young self-published a book in 2001, What is Baby Expecting? intended to help pregnant women understand the way in which circulation and metabolism respond to carrying a baby.

Between 2007 and 2011 Professor Young worked on a memoir to gather together reminiscences on her career and personal life. It exists in draft form only.



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40 files

Acquisition note

This record forms part of accession 2062 from the Maureen Young papers.

Finding aids

Online Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.


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