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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
DAVSON, Hugh (1909-1996)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
8 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Davson, Hugh, 1909-1996, physiologist

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1909; work in the Department of Biochemistry, University College London, 1932-1933; Research in the Department of Physiology, University College, 1933-1936; Travelling Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, 1936-1937; Boit Memorial Fellow in Medical Sciences, Department of Physiology, University College, 1937-1939; Associate Professor of Physiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1939-1942; Senior Experimental Officer, Ministry of Supply, 1942-1946; with James Danielli published pioneering work on the structure of cell membranes, 1943; Staff of Medical Research Council in collaboration with University College, 1946-1976; Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology, King's College London, 1976-1996; died, 1996. Publications: Co-authored with James Danielli, The permeability of natural membranes (Cambridge, 1943); The physiology of the eye (London, 1949); A textbook of general physiology (London, 1951); Physiology of the ocular and cerebrospinal fluids (London, 1956); Physiology of the cerebrospinal fluid (London, 1967); Co-authored with Malcolm Segal, Introduction to physiology (London, 1975-1980); Co-authored with Keasley Welch and Malcolm Segal , Physiology and pathophysiology of the cerebrospinal fluid (Edinburgh, 1987 ); An introduction to the blood-brain barrier (Basingstoke, 1993); edited The eye (New York, 1969-1977). He also published numerous articles in learned journals.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred to the Archives by Dr Davson in 1992.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The papers of Hugh Davson comprise correspondence, working papers and printed reports, 1950-1988; including correspondence with the Medical Research Council, notably project applications and progress reports, 1951-1978; concerning Davson's publications, with reviews, 1962-1978; with the Wellcome Trust, 1974-1980; descriptions of recent research on the eye, 1970-1978; correspondence between Davson and colleagues in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, mainly on administrative and publishing matters, including grant applications, conference organisation and reviews of new articles and books, 1958-1980.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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

Records of the Department of Physiology (Ref: KDPI, 2001 KDPI, KDP/FP).

Description control

Archivist's Note

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

June 2002

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  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Educational administration
  • Educational levels
  • Higher education
  • Higher education institutions
  • Higher science education
  • Organization of research
  • Research programmes
  • Research projects
  • Universities

Personal names

  • Davson, Hugh, 1909-1996, Physiologist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • Medical Research Council
  • Wellcome Trust

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