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Collection Level Description: Correspondence and Papers of Geoffrey Emett Blackman

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. b. 318-338
Title: Correspondence and Papers of Geoffrey Emett Blackman
Dates of Creation: 1863-1981
Extent: 21 shelfmarks
Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Geoffrey Emett Blackman, FRS (1903-1980), was an agricultural scientist. He attended St John's College, Cambridge. His father, considering his performance in Cambridge poor, encouraged him to go into industry. In 1927 he started as Head of Botany Section at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).

In 1933 he moved to Imperial College, London, as Lecturer in Ecology in the Department of Botany. In 1945 he was appointed Sibthorpian Professor of Rural Economy at Oxford University.

Blackman's primary research was in weed control, toxicity, and herbicide techniques, but made frequent forays into other aspects of agricultural science. He died in 1980.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence (mainly professional), copies of published papers, lecture notes, drafts and working papers, transcripts of interviews, and papers relating to the many committees he was a member of, and of his consultancies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was assembled from Blackman's home, and from his former rooms at the Department of Forestry, Oxford, and the University Field Station at Wytham.

Several colleagues of Blackman have allowed items of biographical or personal interest to be included in Section A.

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Blackman | Geoffrey Emett | 1903-1980 | Agricultural scientist

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