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Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to a campaign to end secrecy at Porton Down

  • Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004 Grey, James Hodgkin, Dorothy, 1910-1994 Kornberg, Hans, b.1928 Bragg, William Lawrence, 1890-1971 Fell, Honor B., 1900-1986 Haddow, Alexander, 1907-1976 Orr, John Boyd, 1880-1971 Abercrombie, Michael, 1912-1979 Auerbach, C. Hayes, William, 1913-1994 Jackson, Willis, 1904-1970 Markham, R. Pirie, N. W. Porter, George Hornidge, 1920-2002 Powell, Cecil Frank, 1903-1969 Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart, 1897-1974 Katz, Bernard, 1911-2003 Robinson, Robert, 1886-1975 Waddington, Conrad Hal, 1905-1975 Adrian, Edgar Douglas, 1889-1977 Synge, Richard L. M., 1914-1994 Lonsdale, Kathleen, 1903-1971 Neuberger, Albert, 1908-1996 Longuet-Higgins, Hugh C., 1923-2004
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Correspondence, press cuttings and notes relating to Wilkins’ campaign to have the work of the Microbiological Research Establishment (MRE), Porton Down, Wiltshire, unclassified. File includes: text of Wilkins’ letter to Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Jun 1968, requesting that control of the MRE be transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Health; Wilkins’ letter to fellow UK scientists; responses supporting his proposal from correspondents including Sir James Grey, Dorothy Hodgkin and Hans Kornberg; responses refusing support, from scientists including Sir Lawrence Bragg, Honor Fell and Sir Alexander Haddow; letter from the office of the Prime Minister to Wilkins, Jul 1968, setting out the reasons for the work of the MRE to remain classified.



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Wilkins, Maurice; Grey, James; Hodgkin, Dorothy; Kornberg, Hans; Bragg, William Lawrence; Fell, Honor B.; Haddow, Alexander; Orr, John Boyd; Abercrombie, Michael; Auerbach, C.; Hayes, William; Jackson, Willis; Markham, R.; Pirie, N. W.; Porter, George Hornidge; Powell, Cecil Frank; Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart; Katz, Bernard; Robinson, Robert; Waddington, Conrad Hal; Adrian, Edgar Douglas; Synge, Richard L. M.; Lonsdale, Kathleen; Neuberger, Albert; Longuet-Higgins, Hugh C., King's College London; Office of the Prime Minister

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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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Part of this file contains personal data and is closed. The rest of the file is open and available at King’s College London, Archives and Special Collections, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form. Restricted until 1 January 2087.

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