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WILKINS, Maurice Hugh Frederick (1916-2004)

K/PP178/8: Papers, 1956-1990, relating to the teaching of biophysics, King’s College London, and to science teaching in the UK

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K/PP178/8/1/1-14 Papers relating to the teaching of biophysics, King’s College London, 1956-1990


K/PP178/8/1/1

1956-1990

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes for talks and lectures on biophysics

Manuscript and typescript notes for talks and lectures, in King’s College London and elsewhere, on topics including: molecular biology, nerve membranes, the significance of the genetic code, proteins and nucleic acids, the DNA double helix and transfer RNA.  Also a memorandum by Wilkins on the misuse of the Medical Research Council library collection, King’s College London, 1961

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K/PP178/8/1/2

1961-1984

Papers of M H F Wilkins: published articles on symmetry in biology

Copy published articles relating to symmetry in biology, including: ‘Pollenkörner, Punktverteilungen auf der Kugel und Informationstheorie’ by Von B L Van Der Waerden, published in Naturwissenshaften, 1961; ‘The genetic control of the shape of a virus’ by Edouard Kellenberger, offprint from Scientific American, Dec 1966; ‘Building a bacterial virus’ by William Wood and R S Edgar, offprint from Scientific American, Jul 1967; Ilse Walker, ‘The pattern of expressivity with special reference to symmetry in a scutellar bristle mutant of an East African zaprionus species’, offprint from Revue Suisse de Zoologie, May 1972; ‘Yarn’ by Stanley Backer, published in Scientific American, Dec 1972; Stephen Mason, ‘The left hand of nature’, published in New Scientist, 1984

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/3

1963-1973

Papers of M H F Wilkins: lecture notes on large molecules

Manuscript lecture notes by Wilkins for the King’s College London BSc biophysics course ‘Large molecules’

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/4

1968-1973

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to teaching in the biological sciences, King’s College London

Timetables, course synopses and related correspondence concerning biological sciences courses, King’s College London

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/5

1969-1980

Papers of M H F Wilkins: background information on the topic of spirals

Notes and copy articles relating to spirals, including: typescript draft text, ‘Note sur des Limnaea Stagnalis L Var Lacustris Stud elevees dans une mare du plateau Vaudois’, by Jean Piaget, 1929; lecture text, ‘Form and function in the littoral gastropod’ by Alastair Graham, Apr 1948; typescript draft, ‘Stockhausen’s musical notation’, by Jill Purce, 1973; article, ‘A better way to construct the sunflower head’, by Helmut Vogel, published in Mathematical Biosciences, Jun 1979; ‘Galaxies: the origin of spiral structure’ by M G Edmunds, published in Nature, Jan 1980

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/6

1972

Papers of M H F Wilkins: text of a talk by Watson Fuller, ‘Symmetry in biology and art’

Typescript text of a talk given by Watson Fuller, Jan 1972, ‘Symmetry in biology and art’

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/7

1972-1974

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to symmetry and helices

Notes, diagrams and background information relating to symmetry and helices, including typescript text by Lewis Wolpert, ‘Notes on symmetry and asymmetry in development’, with a covering letter to Wilkins, 1973

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/8

1972-1976

Papers of M H F Wilkins: slides used in Biophysics teaching

Slides chiefly used for teaching in the Department of Biophysics, King’s College London, including images of DNA, RNA, crystallisation, bacteriophages, proteins, symmetry and spirals in nature

2 boxes, approx 600 items


K/PP178/8/1/9

1973-1986

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to macromolecular assemblies and to symmetry

Manuscript notes, course handouts and background information chiefly relating to macromolecular assemblies and symmetry in nature, including: lectures by Wilkins, ‘Principles of macromolecular structure’, 1973, and ‘Introduction to course symmetry and biological organisation’, 1974; booklet, ‘Sphere cells and surfaces’, published by the Essential Structures Research Association, 1975, including images of models created in the Department of Biophysics, King’s College London; article, ‘The origin of optical asymmetry on earth’, by T L Ulbircht, published in Origins of Life, 1975; article by Lewis Wolpert, ‘Pattern formation in biological development’, published in Scientific American, 1978; article by Robert Margolis and Leslie Wilson, ‘Microtubule treadmills: possible molecular machinery’, published in Nature, Oct 1981

3 files


K/PP178/8/1/10

1974

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft article, ‘A model of contact pressure in phyllotaxis’ by Irving Adler

Typescript draft text of article, ‘A model of contact pressure in phyllotaxis’ by Irving Adler, subsequently published in Journal of Theoretical Biology, 1974.  Also covering letter to Wilkins from Graeme Mitchison, with comments on the article

1 file


K/PP278/8/1/11

1975

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft dissertation, ‘Simultaneous randomness and order’ by Anne Tyng

Photocopy notes with additional manuscript notes, ‘Simultaneous randomness and order: the Fibonnaci-Divine Proportion as a universal forming principle.  A dissertation in architecture’ by Anne Griswold Tyng, University of Pennsylvania

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/12

1978-1982

Papers of M H F Wilkins: biophysics course handouts

Photocopy typescript course handouts, ‘The structure and function of bacterial flagella’, ‘Symmetry in the structure of biological polymers and microtubules’ and ‘The structure, assembly and function of the T-even bacteriophages’

1 file


K/PP178/8/1/13

1980-1982

Papers of M H F Wilkins: student essays

Essays by named undergraduates on cell and molecular biology, chiefly relating to symmetry in living systems.  With Wilkins’ comments, CLOSED for review 2062

3 files


K/PP178/8/1/14

1986

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text and illustrations relating to a PhD thesis on optic lobe neurofilaments

Typescript and computer print-out draft text, with photographic prints, of a PhD thesis, ‘Biochemical studies on the optic lobe neurofilaments and comparison with those from the giant axon of the squid loligo forbesi’, by an unnamed student.  Also booklet, ‘Regulations for internal students proceeding to the degrees of M.Phil and PhD’

3 files


K/PP178/8/2/1-8 Papers, 1969-2003, relating to science teaching in the UK


K/PP178/8/2/1

1969

Papers of M H F Wilkins: memorandum by Wilkins on the Dainton, Swann and McCarthy reports on scientific education

Copies of Wilkins typescript draft ‘Memorandum on the Dainton, Swann and McCarthy reports: prepared as a preliminary to discussion by the Faculty of Science’, Feb 1969, a response to the UK government reports ‘Enquiry into the flow of candidates in science and technology into higher education’, by a committee chaired by Frederick Dainton, ‘The flow into employment of scientists, engineers and technologists’, by a committee under Michael Swann, and ‘The employment of highly specialised graduates: a comparative study in the UK and USA’, by a committee led by M C McCarthy, all published by HMSO, 1968.  Also related brief correspondence and background information, including a copy article from Nature, ‘Science as a constituent of university education’ by A B Pippard, Sep 1968

2 files


K/PP178/8/2/2

1969-1970

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to science education in schools and universities

Correspondence and notes relating to science education, including: programme for the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Sep 1969; a copy letter from Martin Tompkinson to Prof Michael Pentz, Mar 1970, on university courses on science in society; details of a course on ‘Biology and social change’ at Sir George Williams University, Montreal, Canada, Jul 1970; ‘Social biology’ course notes used in the sixth form, Latymer Upper School, London

1 file


K/PP178/8/2/3

1972

Papers of M H F Wilkins: background notes for biology teachers

Printed ‘Biology experimental notes’ produced by Griffin & George Ltd, on keeping and preparing animals for use in biology teaching.  Draft text and images relating to the science of sight and perception, with covering note to Wilkins from Roger Paul, Mar 1972, requesting assistance devising a school syllabus combining arts and science

1 file


K/PP178/8/2/4

1976

Papers of M H F Wilkins: essays on science teaching in schools

Three anonymous entries in a competition for school pupils’ essays on the future of science teaching in schools, with additional comments by Wilkins

1 file


K/PP178/8/2/5

1979-1995

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to Wilkins’ views on science teaching

Published articles, ‘Wilkins – Nobel Laureate for whom learning is the prize’, from Learn, May 1979, and ‘An interview with Nobel Laureate Maurice Wilkins’, from The American Biology Teacher, Mar 1989.  Also manuscript notes for a talk by Wilkins, ‘DNA today (for teachers)’, Jun 1995, chiefly on the role of science in society

1 file


K/PP178/8/2/6

1980-2003

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to science teaching in UK schools

Notes, press cuttings and background information on science teaching in UK schools, including: reading lists on the subject of science education; photocopy notes on the content of Advance Subsidiary (AS level) coursework on ‘Science for public understanding’, 2001; newsletter produced by Save British Science, Jul 2003, on ‘School science’

1 file


K/PP178/8/2/7

1983

Papers of M H F Wilkins: questionnaires on attitudes to science

Draft questionnaires on attitudes to science and science teaching, including summarised results of a survey of sixth formers from London schools

1 file


K/PP178/8/2/8

[1989]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft article, ‘How much science do the people know? Good news and bad news about America and Britain’

Draft article by John Durant and Geoffrey Evans, ‘How much science do the people know?  Good news and bad news about America and Britain’

1 file

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