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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: Department of Biology Records
Level of description
Sub-fonds of King's College London Archives
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box


Name of creator(s)

King's College London Department of Biology

Administrative / Biographical history

A School of Biological Sciences was formed at King's in 1964 in order to coordinate the efforts of biology-related departments in both the Faculties of Medicine and Natural Science, namely Biochemistry, Biophysics, Botany, Physiology, and Zoology and Animal Biology. The first Professor of Biology was Emmeline Jean Hanson, appointed in 1966, but a unified Department of Biology only emerged following the tripartite merger of King's, Queen Elizabeth and Chelsea Colleges in 1985. The department was part of the Faculty of Life Sciences, and from 1991, successively part of the Biosphere and Life Sciences Divisions of the School of Life, Basic Medical and Health Sciences. Following the reorganisation of 1998, aspects of the teaching of biology were divided between the School of Health and Life Sciences and the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Biology Department records consist of various departmental staff minutes, 1985-1987.

System of arrangement

Records are arranged in chronological order.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative records are generally closed for 30 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes. Student and staff records are subject to an 80 year closure period after the date of leaving.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London: various School of Life Sciences student records (Ref: KCLCA K/SLS/ER, K/SLS/FP, K/SLS/FP(W), K/SLS/FPPG, K/SLS/FPC); papers of Professor (Emmeline) Jean Hanson (Ref: KCLCA K/PP 67).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources used: King's College Calendars. Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

April 2001

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  • Biology education
  • Educational administration
  • Educational levels
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Science education
  • Universities

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • King's College London, Department of Biology

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