Dame Harriette Chick

  • Chick, Dame Harriette (1875-1977)
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


This collection represents a relatively limited record of Chick's long and active career. It is particularly strong on the period around her important work in Vienna, 1919-1921, and includes some material relating to other research on nutritional questions.



Physical description

3 boxes


A. Personal and biographical

B. The Vienna Story

C. Nutritional Research: miscellaneous

Acquisition note

The certificates PP/CHI/A.2 were given to the library at Wellcome Collection in 2002. The rest of the collection was purchased from Richard M. Ford Ltd in July 2004.

Biographical note

1875 6 Jan born in London, one of eleven children

Educated at Notting Hill High School, following by University College London, graduating BSc

Awarded an 1851 Exhibition to study bacteriology in Vienna and Munich, and also in Liverpool.

1905 Appointed (against considerable opposition as a woman) to the Jenner Memorial Research Studentship at the Lister Institute, London

1905-1908 work with (Sir) Charles J. Martin at the Lister Institute on the process of disinfection

1915 War work on tetanus antitoxin and serum diagnosis of typhoid, paratyphoid and dysentery.

1918 Fellow of University College London

1918-1945 Secretary of the Medical Research Council Accessory Food Factors Committee

1919-1922 With colleagues at the Lister, travels to Vienna under the auspices of the Accessory Food Factors Committee to investigate nutritional deficiencies, leading to the discovery of the roles of ultraviolet light and administration of codliver oil in preventing rickets.

1922 Returns to the Lister, continues studies on nutritional factors

1932 Awarded CBE; lectures in the USA

1933 Honorary DSc, Manchester University

1934-1937 Secretary of the League of National Health Section Committee on the Physiological Bases of Nutrition

1939-1945 Moves with the Lister Institute Division of Nutrition to Sir Charles Martin's house in Cambridge, work on nutritive value of bread, flour and potatoes

1941 founder member of the Nutrition Society

1945 Retires, becomes member of governing body of the Lister Institute

1949 Appointed DBE

1956-1959 President of the Nutrition Society (aged over 80)

1974 Receives annual prize of British Nutrition Foundation

1977 9 July dies aged 102

Further information in entry by H. M. Sinclair in Dictionary of National Biography, 1971-1980, Who Was Who, and Harriette Chick, Margaret Hume and Marjorie MacFarlane, War on Disease: A History of the Lister Institute (London: Andre Deutsch, 1971)

Related material

SA/LIS, GC/104; see also archives of the Medical Research Council in the National Archives


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Accession number

  • 1109
  • 1259