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Collection Level Description: Papers of John Randal Baker

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. b. 239-244
Title: Papers of John Randal Baker
Dates of Creation: 1928-1969
Extent: 6 shelfmarks
Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

John Randal Baker, FRS, 1900-1984, was an English biologist. Oxford educated, he was first a Demonstrator in Zoology (1923-1955) and then Reader in Cytology (1955-1967) at Oxford University. He conducted research in cytological techniques and the practical possibilities of different types of microscopy. In his later career he conducted research on the physical differences between races, culminating in the book Races.

He was the co-founder of the Society for Freedom in Science, and served as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer throughout its existence (1940-1962).

Scope and Content

The material in this collection includes notebooks on laboratory research, notes (both typed and handwritten) for lectures and practical classes, and a series of cytology notebooks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were received from Dr. Baker in 1977 when he moved from his house in Oxford to smaller premises.

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Related Material

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Baker | John Randal | 1900-1984 | biologist

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