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Andrewes, Sir Christopher Howard

  • Andrewes, Sir Christopher Howard, FRS,MD (1896-1989) Virologist; Deputy Director, National Institute of Medical Research, 1952-1961.
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


This collection comprises diaries and notebooks, including ornithological, entomological, variological [1910]-1927; research notebooks, common cold and influenza, 1930-1933; notes on international congresses, 1950s-1960s. This material was catalogued in 1995. A second accession received in 2001 comprised papers relating to Sir Christopher Andrewes' work on classification and nomenclature of viruses, 1950s-1990s; plus material relating to a memoir of Andrewes by David Tyrrell. This material was catalogued in 2014.



Physical description

3 boxes


The material is arranged into 7 sections. Sections A-C comprise the material received in 1991; Section D-G comprise the material received in 2001.

A Diaries and Notebooks, 1909-1938

B Travel Journals, 1939-1963

C Research Notebooks, 1932-c.1970s

D Classification of Viruses, 1948-1984

E Papers and Reports on Virology and Entomology Written and Co-written by Sir Christopher Andrewes, 1948-1986

F Various Correspondence, Papers and Articles, 1948-1984

G Papers Relating to Biography of Sir Christopher Andrewes, 1935-1989

Acquisition note

Both accessions were received via Dr David Tyrell, the first on 02/07/1991 and the second 30/04/2001.

Biographical note

These papers were received by the Wellcome Library in 1991 from Dr David Tyrrell, former Director of the Medical Research Council Common Cold Unit, of which Sir Christopher was a founder. Andrewes, a prominent virologist, was Deputy Director of the National Institute for Medical Research from 1952-1961. A World Influenza Centre, supported by the World Health Organisation in collaboration with the Medical Research Council, was set up in 1947 in the Department of Virus Research at the National Institute for Medical Research, with Sir Christopher as director.

Related material

Other entomological notebooks were passed to the Royal Entomological Society by Dr John Andrewes, Sir Christopher's son.

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