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King's College London Department of Biophysics

KCL Department of Biophysics: quarter plate series: slides of images relating to research conducted in the Biophysics Unit and subsequently Department of Biophysics

King's College London, Department of Biophysics

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Glass and acetate 3 1/4"x 4 1/4" (8.5 x 11cm) slides ('quarter plates') of images relating to the research conducted in the Medical Research Council (MRC) Biophysics Research Unit, King's College London (from 1964, the Department of Biophysics). Images include: x-ray diffraction photographs of DNA; graphs and other interpretations of the data obtained from the diffraction photographs, including Fourier transforms, Bessel wave functions, and diagrams and space-filled models of the structure of DNA; x-ray cameras and other cameras, reflecting microscopes and electron microscopes, and other equipment used in the course of DNA research; images relating to the work of the Muscle Group, under (Emmeline) Jean Hanson, researching the structural basis of muscular contraction; illustrations prepared for scientific journal articles and lectures by Unit staff.

Slides are individually numbered in a chronological sequence. Original numbers have been maintained which has resulted in some gaps in the sequence and some non-standard numbering.

See KDBP/2/1-5 for indexes to the slides.

A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of the Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics programme. Not all items have been digitised. This catalogue only includes items that have been digitised. Items not digitised can be viewed in the reading room at King's College London, Archives and Special Collections. Please contact King's College London, Archives and Special Collections for a fuller catalogue.



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18,300 (approx) items Acetate/glass slides