Papers of Guido Pellegrino Arrigo Pontecorvo, alpine plant research correspondence
- UGC 198/4
- Part of
- Papers of Guido Pellegrino Arrigo Pontecorvo, geneticist, Professor of Genetics, University of Glasgow, Scotland
- Archives and manuscripts
About this work
Correspondence relating to Pontecorvo's alpine research, c1950s-1990s;
Draft manuscript and correspondence between Pontecorvo and the Oxford University Press about research for his book on alpine plants, c1970s-1990s;
Notes and photographs relating to Pontecorvo's research on snow cover in the Swiss Alps, c1970-1996.
This description is part of the main Guido Pontecorvo collection which has been divided into the following sections, each with its own separate description:
UGC 198/1, biographical material;
UGC 198/2, career and appointments;
UGC 198/3, genetics research correspondence;
UGC 198/4, alpine research correspondence;
UGC 198/5, material relating to research trips abroad;
UGC 198/6, research slides;
UGC 198/7, publications;
UGC 198/8, lectures and broadcasts;
UGC 198/9, personal and family material;
UGC 198/10, personal photographs and slides.
The Wellcome Library does not hold a digitised copy of UGC 198/4 as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics. Items from UGC 198/4 can be viewed in the searchroom at Archive Services, University of Glasgow. Please visit the Glasgow University Archive Services website or see the complete catalogue for full details.
Aside from genetics Pontecorvo's life long passion was alpine plant photography and ecology. He set aside each summer for pursuits to some of the world's most spectacular alpine regions, and his collection contains thousands of slides of alpine flowers and their habitats which he was using to research a book on plants at high altitudes (sadly this was never finished). He visited various mountains and national parks in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s, in the 1970s he travelled to Iran to study the flora of the Fars region and Mt Elburz. He explored the Himalayas in India and the Tien Shan and Kunlun mountains in China in the 1980s. These trips were organized with the help of The Royal Society or at the invitation of local academies and were often combined with lecture tours and courses. Ponte often made excursions to mountains a precondition for accepting invitations.
GB 0248 UGC 198/7 contains some of Pontecorvo's publications on apline plants and habitats
GB 0248 UGC 198/8 contains Pontecorvo's notes on lectures about alpine plants and habitats.