Dr Ronald M Cresswell correspondence (copies)

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About this work


Photocopies of selected correspondence of Ronnie Cresswell covering his posts in the USA and in the UK between 1968 and 1988.

Material covering 1968-1973 comprises correspondence with William N Creasy (former President and Chair of Burroughs Wellcome & Co USA and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund) although it is mainly Creasy's letters to Cresswell. Creasy's letters cover, in detail, company business, products and individuals, plus some personal and family matters. They cease in Mar 1973 (Creasy died the following year).

From 1978-1988 the letters are from various correspondents to Cresswell in the USA and, from 1981, when he had returned to the UK appointed to the Board. Includes letters from A J Shepperd, Sir David Steel, Denis Greenhill, Peter Upton, Iris Evans, John Vane, Fred Coe, Fred Wrigley, George Hitchings, Bill Castell, Harry Mendelson and Edit Creasy. Includes Cresswell's correspondence covering his decision to leave the company in 1987, with his views on the structure of the Board of the Trust.



Physical description

1 file

Acquisition note

Transferred to the Archives and Manuscripts department via William Castell, Wellcome Trust Chairman, 15/01/2014.

Biographical note

Dr Ronald M. Cresswell received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Glasgow in 1960. He joined the Burroughs Wellcome (USA) in 1962 as a Senior Research Biochemist. In November 1964 he transferred to the Chemical Development Laboratories as Head of Development and Research and in January 1967 became Head of Chemical Development. In 1972 he was appointed Director of Development, responsible for Chemical Development, Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Quality Control and Patents Liaison. In August 1978 he continued to be responsible for those areas, incorporated into an appointment as Vice President for Technical Development.

In 1981 Cresswell returned to the UK to join the Board of the Wellcome Foundation, taking charge of Wellcome Biotech, Animal Health and Research and Development. He left the company in 1987.

Ownership note

Originals accumulated by R M Cresswell and copies given by him to William Castell.

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  • 2044