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Fell, Dame Honor Bridget (1900-1986)

  • Fell, Dame Honor Bridget, 1900-1986
  • Archives and manuscripts

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Physical description

11 boxes, 3 large boxes D.2: Scroll; F.10, 11 (a&b), F.12, F.13 (a&b): Framed photos



A. Notebooks and Research [1 box, 1 outsize box, 2 oversize vols]

B. Royal Society, 1929-1970 [1½ boxes]

C. Other Bodies and Activities, 1939-1970 [3 boxes]

C.1-19 United Kingdom

C.20-36 International (USA, Europe, Asia)

D. Retirement from SRL and after, 1969-1986 [2 boxes, 1 oversize vol]

D.1-3 Presentation

D.4-11 Funding bodies, etc, UK

D.12-17 International

D.18-24 Miscellaneous correspondence

D.25-26 Historical correspondence

E. Reprints and Unpublished Writings [1½ boxes, 1 larger box, 1 oversize vol]

F. Photographs and biographical miscellanea [1 box]

Index to correspondents

Acquisition note

Some of this material was received with the first accession of the archives of the Strangeways Research Laboratory in August 1986. A second accession from Audrey Glauert of the SRL in April 1989 included papers found in Dame Honor's house. Additional material was received from Dr Glauert in November 1991 and June 1994, and from Dr Roger Lawrence of the SRL in November 1995 (PP/HBF/A.22-27).

Biographical note

Director of the Strangeways Research Laboratory, 1929-1970

There is very considerable overlap between this material and that in the papers of the Strangeways Laboratory (SA/SRL), in the light of Dame Honor's very long connection with the Strangeways from 1923; as Director, 1929-1970. Her important individual contributions to biology are discussed in detail in the Biographical Memoir produced by Dame Janet Vaughan for the Royal Society. She was also associated with a number of other bodies in related research fields and had an international reputation.

It will be seen that most of the material in this collection relates to her extra-Strangeways activities and her own research there (as opposed to her activities as Director); although correspondence concerning her own research can also be found in SRL correspondence files, notably SA/SRL/G.17-19 relating to her work with Sir Edward Mellanby on Vitamin A in the early 1950s. Readers are advised to consult the list of the Strangeways archives, also that of the papers of Frederick Gordon Spear (PP/FGS) who was Dame Honor's Deputy. Other CMAC collections containing relevant material are the papers of Sir Peter Medawar (PP/PBM), who was a Trustee of the SRL, and those of Sir Edward Mellanby (PP/MEL). A file of correspondence between Dame Janet Vaughan and Dr Audrey Glauert of the Strangeways, 1986-87, concerning the Royal Society Biographical Memoir, can be found in GC/186.


For fuller details see Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society by Dame Janet Vaughan and material in Section F.

1900 born, 22nd May, at Fowthorpe near Filey, Yorks, ninth and youngest child of Colonel W E Fell and his wife Alice (née Pickersgill-Cunliffe)

Educated at Wychwood School Oxford

1916 Madras College, St Andrews

1918 to Edinburgh University to read Zoology

1923 B.Sc: works with Dr F A E Crew; goes to Cambridge as Scientific Assistant to Dr T S P Strangeways with MRC funding

1924 Junior Beit Fellowship, Ph.D

1926 death of T S P Strangeways

1928 Senior Beit Fellow, Appointed Director of the Strangeways

1931-1943 Messel Research Fellow of the Royal Society

1932 D.Sc Edinburgh

1943-1967 Foulerton Research Fellow of the Royal Society

1952 FRS

1963 DBE, Royal Society Research Professor

1970 retires as Director of the SRL

1970-1979 Research Worker in Division of Immunology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge

1979-1986 Research worker at SRL

1986 22 Apr dies

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A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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