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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
YUDKIN, Professor John (1910-1995)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
38 index boxes


Name of creator(s)

Yudkin, John, 1910-1995, Professor of Nutrition

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1910; educated Hackney Downs School, London, Chelsea Polytechnic, Christ's College, Cambridge, and London Hospital; Researcher in Biochemical Laboratory, Cambridge, 1931-1936; Benn Levy research student, 1933-1935; Grocers' Company research scholar, 1938-1939; Researcher in Nutritional Laboratory, Cambridge, 1938-1943; Sir Halley Stewart Research Fellow, 1940-1943; Director of Medical Studies, Christ's College, Cambridge, 1940-1943; Professor of Physiology, Queen Elizabeth College, London, 1945-1954; responsible for the introduction of first comprehensive university courses leading to Bachelor and Master degrees in Nutrition, 1953; Professor of Nutrition, Queen Elizabeth College, London, 1954-1971; William Julius Mickle fellow for Medical Research, London University, 1961-1962; retired 1971; Emeritus Professor, 1971, and Fellow, Queen Elizabeth College, London, 1976; Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow, 1982-1983; Chairman, Food Group, Society of Chemical Industry; Member of Board of Governors, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, (Honorary Fellow, 1993); died 1995.

Publications: This slimming business (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1958); editor of Our changing fare: two hundred years of British food habits (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1966); Pure, white and deadly: the problem of sugar (Davis-Poynter, London, 1972); The complete slimmer (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1964); The slimmer's cookbook (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1961); editor of Changing food habits (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1964); This nutrition business (Teach Yourself Books, Sevenoaks, 1977); Eat well, slim well (Collins and Davis-Poynter, London, 1982); editor of Diet of man: needs and wants (Applied Science Publishers, London, [1978]); Eating for a healthy heart: explaining the 'French paradox' with Sara Stanner (BBC, London, 1996); The sensible person's guide to weight control (Smith-Gordon, 1990); The Penguin encyclopedia of nutrition (Viking, Harmondsworth, 1985); A-Z of slimming (Davis-Poynter, London, 1977).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the former library of Queen Elizabeth College, 1990.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Reference cards, [1954-1971], for all types of publications on nutrition, (giving the publication title, author, date and brief summary of content), and bibliographic reference cards for authors (giving name, publication title and date, and page references).

System of arrangement

The reference cards relating to publications are arranged in a numbered sequence from 1-63, roughly according to subject, and sometimes further sub-divided by date. The reference cards relating to authors are arranged alphabetically by name.

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 provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The Contemporary Medical Archives Centre at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, holds correspondence between Yudkin and Professor Sir Ernst (Boris) Chain, Professor of Biochemistry, Imperial College, London (Ref: CSAC92/3/83 PP/EBC).

Description control

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

Feb 2000

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  • Bibliographies
  • Communications media
  • Health education
  • Information sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Periodicals
  • Physiology
  • Publications
  • Secondary documents

Personal names

  • Yudkin, John, 1910-1995, Nutritionist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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