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Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of SIR ROBERT ROBINSON O.M., F.R.S. (1886 - 1975)

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Reference CSAC94.5.83
Covering dates ca 1902-1983
Held by Royal Society
Extent ca 580 items 9.5 linear feet
Source of acquisition Most of the material was received in 1975 from Lady (Stearn) Robinson, and, after her death, from her legal advisers.
Items A.62 - A.69, E.42 - E.48 were received from Dr. Marion Way, daughter of Robert and Gertrude Robinson; they include a little material from Mr. George Walsh, nephew of Robert and Gertrude Robinson.
Items A.4 - A.7, D.62 - D.65 were received from Dr. J.C. Smith, a former colleague of Robinson.
Creators Robinson, Sir, Robert, 1886-1875, knight, scientist and chemist
Related information A display of some of Robinson's medals and scrolls of honour is housed in the Muniment Room of Robinson & Sons Ltd., Chesterfield.
The following published accounts of the Robinson family and firm have been presented by Dr. Marion Way to the Royal Society of London and are held in the Library
'The Robinson family of Bolsover and Chesterfield'
By P.M. Robinson and A.L. Spence. 320 pp.
Printed and published by Robinson & Sons Ltd., Chesterfield, 1937.
(Marion Way's signed copy)
'Supplement to The Robinsons of Chesterfield'
By Philip Robinson. 136 pp.
Printed for private circulation among members of the John Bradbury Robinson family, 1961.
'Pill boxes and bandages'
By Chrichton Porteous. 188 pp.
Robinson & Sons Ltd., Chesterfield. n.d
Note Compiled by Jeannine Alton and Julia Latham-Jackson
The work of the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, and the production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following societies and institutions
The Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
The Biochemical Society
The British Pharmacological Society
The Charles Babbage Foundation for the History of Information Processing
The Institute of Physics
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
The Nuffield Foundation
The Physiological Society
The Royal Society of London
We are grateful for help and information from many sources, and in particular to
Dr. Marion Way and Mr. George Walsh, for additional material, and for information, advice and encouragement.
Professor Sir John Cornforth, for invariable help in identifying material, and for comments on the draft catalogue
Dr. J.C. Smith, for making correspondence and papers available for the collection, and for permission to quote from his unpublished history of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory
Professor Sir Ewart Jones, Dr. G.N. Burkhardt, Dr. J.A. Barltrop, for advice and information
Mrs. Robert Maxwell, and Mr. N.H. Robinson, for help in obtaining and forwarding material, and for their unfailing encouragement over a long period of time

Administrative history:
Robinson's obituary notice in The Times (10 February 1975), headlined 'World authority on chemistry', describes him as 'one of the greatest scientists Britain has ever produced' and refers to 'his quite exceptional gifts' and 'his deep insight into chemical problems [which] astonished his colleagues'.
Born into a well-to-do family of surgical dressing manufacturers (Robinsons of Chesterfield), Robinson entered the University of Manchester in 1902 aged sixteen, and on graduation began research there under W.H. Perkin. Other lasting relationships dating from this period were with C. Weizmann (from 1906) and A. Lapworth (from 1909). In 1912 Robinson was appointed to his first chair, at Sydney, and subsequently occupied chairs of organic chemistry at Liverpool (1915), St. Andrews (1920), Manchester (1922), University College London (1928), and the Waynflete Chair of Chemistry, Oxford (1930-55).
In all these posts, Robinson developed productive research schools working in a wide range of chemical problems; on retirement (after his tenure of the Waynflete Chair had been extended,) his activity continued in a small laboratory made available by the Shell Chemical Company, where he was a consultant. His achievements were acknowledged by the scientific community, notably by the award of the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1947, by the Presidency of the Chemical Society (1939-41), the Royal Society (1945-50), and the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1955), and by many medals and honorary degrees. He also received official honours: a knighthood (1939) and the Order of Merit (1949).
See CSAC94.5.83/A.10
(CSAC94.5.83/A.29-CSAC94.5.83/A.61, see especially CSAC94.5.83/A.60)
He was twice married, to Gertrude Mary Walsh (d.1954), and to Stearn Hillstrom (d.1976). Robinson died in 1975, aged 88.
A fuller account of Robinson's career can be found in the Memoir by Lord Todd and Sir John Cornforth (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 22, 1976, pp.415-527). The period at Manchester is referred to in an article by G.N. Burkhardt, 'The School of Chemistry in the University of Manchester', J. Roy. Inst. Chem., 1954, and the Oxford period is described in 'The Robinson Era 1930-55', Part 2 of 'The Development of Organic Chemistry at Oxford' by J.C. Smith (unpublished,) These accounts have been frequently drawn upon in the compilation of this catalogue, with permission which is gratefully acknowledged.

CSAC94.5.83/A.13-CSAC94.5.83/A.24, CSAC94.5.83/A.62-CSAC94.5.83/A.69 PERSONAL MATERIAL
CSAC94.5.83/A.25-CSAC94.5.83/A.61 AUTOBIOGRAPHY
CSAC94.5.83/B.249-CSAC94.5.83/B.349 THESES AND REPORTS
CSAC94.5.83/C.25-CSAC94.5.83/C.38 BOOKS
CSAC94.5.83/E.5 -CSAC94.5.83/E.11 TAPE RECORDINGS
CSAC94.5.83/E.12-CSAC94.5.83/E.51 PHOTOGRAPHS
In addition to the note of awe discernible in The Times obituary quoted above and echoed in other accounts, most of those who worked with, or for, or after Robinson also unite in bemoaning the restless volatility, impatience with administration, disdain for memoranda or the routine taking of carbon copies which were the price paid (usually by others) for his dazzling qualities of memory and insight. G.N. Burkhardt writes (op. cit. p.455): 'the backs of old envelopes covered with pluses, minuses and partial valencies and, later, arrows of all shapes became an important part of [Robinson's and Lapworth's] equipment'. J.C. Smith (op. cit. p.16) paints a similar picture: 'Around 1923-25 it was fascinating to listen to Robinson and Lapworth, in Manchester, instructing each other while scribbling formulae on cigarette papers'. A.C. Chibnall has recalled how Robinson solved a research problem for him over lunch by sketching a chemical structure on the restaurant tablecloth. For the later period of work at Oxford, Todd and Cornforth (Memoir, p.424) and J.C. Smith provide similar testimony to Robinson's volatile temperament and his sporadic bursts of research or instruction for his students.
These recollected incidents go some way to explain the haphazard nature of the surviving documents and the difficulty in interpreting and presenting them, most particularly the scientific research material which makes up Section B. While the cigarette papers and the tablecloth have disappeared, many loose jottings of ideas and structures remain without dates or references. Every effort has been made to assign this material to some identified field of study or period of time. In this regard, Sir John Cornforth has been exceptionally generous of his time and expertise and, by bringing his own skill and his long association with Robinson to bear on the most unpromising scraps of paper, he has often achieved remarkable feats of divination. As a result, the unattributed miscellaneous material still remaining at CSAC94.5.83/B.212-CSAC94.5.83/B.248 is surprisingly small.
Section B also preserves a number of theses and reports by others, mainly members of Robinson's research teams whose work is often annotated (however cryptically) by him. One of the most interesting items is CSAC94.5.83/B.34, a sequence of ideas on the possible structure of strychnine, tentatively dated 1945-47 by Sir John Cornforth, who describes it as 'the nearest you will get to Robert thinking'. To a later period belong two relatively extensive sequences of research and correspondence, on the origins of petroleum CSAC94.5.83/B.95-CSAC94.5.83/B.139) and on drug research (CSAC94.5.83/B. 170-CSAC94.5.83/B. 181) which indicate the energy Robinson could bring to bear on research problems even at an advanced age. For his dynamic early years, only the tantalisingly incomplete series of letters from Lapworth remains (CSAC94.5.83/D.38-CSAC94.5.83/D.43).
Another regretted lacuna is adequate documentation of Robinson's public life, service on committees, advisory councils, learned societies, and in the launching of new journals. Fortunately, some of his own assessment of his work in these and other fields can be gleaned from the autobiographical material in Sections A and E. This includes not only the background material and corrected proofs of the first, and only published, volume of his memoirs (CSAC94.5.83/A.25-CSAC94.5.83/A.28) but substantial typescript drafts of the second volume which was unfinished at his death together with narratives, correspondence and photographs sent to him by colleagues. Section E also includes tape-recordings of conversations with colleagues covering similar types of recollections.
It is well known that Robinson retained his activity of mind throughout his long life and despite the onset of blindness. As well as the memoirs, on which he was working to the day of his death, he was engaged in various other late writing projects, on chemistry and on chess. Some drafts for these can be found in Section C.


CSAC94.5.83/A.25-CSAC94.5.83/A.61 AUTOBIOGRAPHY


[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.1  1969

Miscellaneous biographical notes prepared at various dates, mainly 1969.
Includes 2 pp. 'Notes' with a ms. heading 'Ministry of Supply' and dated 23 April 1969, describing Robinson's contacts with Weizmann.
2 pp. c.v., apparently to accompany tape or other recording.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.2  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. sequences of notes by Robinson on his career and work, with significant dates and areas of work, variously paginated.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.3  1975

Miscellaneous printed biographical articles, interviews with Robinson, etc.
Includes copy of The Link (the house journal of the family firm, Robinson of Chesterfield), Summer 1975, containing a memoir of Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.4  n.d

Miscellaneous biographical and obituary notices, including Memorial Address at Service of Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey (by A.R. Todd), and in Magdalen College, Oxford (by L.E. Sutton).
These items have been made available by J.C. Smith.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.5  n.d

Miscellaneous press-cuttings of Robinson and his activities.
Photograph inscribed on verso 'Lecture experiment in the (old) D.P. lecture theatre'.
These items have been made available by J.C. Smith.

'The Development of Organic Chemistry at Oxford', by J.C. Smith.  CSAC94.5.83/A.6, A.7  [n.d.]

A duplicated typescript account in two parts

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.6  n.d

Part 1 (mainly on 'The Perkin Era'), 97 pp.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.7  n.d

Part 2 'The Robinson Era 1930-55', 157 pp.
This item has kindly been given by the author.

CAREER, HONOURS AND AWARDS  CSAC94.5.83/A.8-A.12  [n.d.]

Very few documents survive to document the many appointments held by Robinson, and the honours conferred on him. Todd and Cornforth (Memoir, p.496) remark 'Public honours (as distinct from those directly associated with his research) he was inclined to regard lightly - so much so indeed that his record of them is somewhat sketchy and there may well be some which we have been unable to trace'.
More unfortunate is the paucity of material relating to his distinguished service to societies and organisations, and on committees.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.8  1937-1939

Related information: (see also CSAC94.5.83/A.12).

Honorary Fellow, National Institute of Science of India.
Letter of election, 1937
Honorary Member, Polish Chemical Society.
Letter of election, 1939. (See also D 62.)
Honorary Member, Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa.
Letter of election, 1939

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.9  1945, nd

'Notes on the visit to Washington, New York and Boston'.
1p. only, by H. King, on visit by Robinson, H. King and E.B. Chain, July
Letter re F.S.S.U. policy, 1945 (Robinson's reply on verso).
Honorary Doctorate, Université de Paris.
Notification only, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.10  1951

Two letters from H.S. Morrison, 19 February and 15 March 1951.
Letter of 19 February is re extension of Robinson's tenure of his Oxford Chair.
Letter of 15 March is reply to a letter from Robinson on Morrison's move from Lord Presidency of Council to Secretary-ship for Foreign Affairs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.11  1953; 1954; 1955

Mark Twain Society, 1953.
Honorary Membership, The Japan Academy.
Certificate, 1954.
Corresponding Member, Australian Academy of Science.
Letter of election, 1955.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.12  1955, 1965

Honorary Membership, Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa.
Letter of election, 1955. (see also CSAC94.5.83/A.8).
Honorary Life Membership, New York Academy of Sciences.
Letter of election, 1955.
Hon.D.Sc., Oxford, 1956.
Address at Encaenia.
Hon. Doctorate, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
List of Honorands, 3 pp. ms. notes for Robinson's speech of thanks, 1965.

PERSONAL MATERIAL  CSAC94.5.83/A.13-A.24  [n.d.]

Related information: See also CSAC94.5.83/A.62-CSAC94.5.83/A.69.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.13  1951-67

Miscellaneous luncheon and dinner menus (many signed), seating-plans, etc. for various occasions, some in honour of Robinson or commemorating his work. Various dates

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.14  1960-74

Miscellaneous itineraries and engagement schedules, U.K. and overseas. Various dates

Lady (Stearn) Robinson's engagement diaries, recording many engagements, travel, etc. with Robinson.  CSAC94.5.83/A.15-A.17  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.15  1961

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.16  1962

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.17  1964

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.18  1955

Related information: See also CSAC94.5.83/A.31.

Copy of 'On an Inversion of Ideas as to the Structure of the Universe', the Rede Lecture, 10 June 1902, by O. Reynolds C.U.P. 1903).
The book is signed 'R. Robinson February 1904' inside front cover, and includes a letter 13 March 1951 about Reynolds's theories by Lord Samuel to whom Robinson had lent the book. Samuel's letter is pasted inside front cover.
Included here is an offprint of Robinson's Presidential Address to the British Association, 1955, on 'Science and the Scientist', in which (p.10) he refers to the early fascination Reynolds's ideas had for him.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.19  1956

Robinson's speech of Presentation of Patent of Arms of the Borough of Chesterfield, April 1956. (Robinson had been made Honorary Freeman of the Borough in 1947.)
5 pp. ms. and typescript draft of speech, programme of events, and a little background material.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.20  n.d

Humorous poems and anecdotes for speeches.

Chess  CSAC94.5.83/A.21, A.22  [n.d.]

Administrative history:
Robinson was a first-class chess player, the requirements of the game fitting his own powers of abstract visualisation (see Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.428, and J.C. Smith, The Robinson Era, p.23).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.21  n.d

Green loose-leaf notebook with note on p.1 'Chapter 11 continued. Illustrative games (not in order). New material as for Chapter III which is already typed on the larger format'.
Perhaps for 'The art and science of chess', (London 1973) written in collaboration with R. Edwards.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.22  1967, 1971

Notice of 'Annual General Meeting and Kriegspiel' of Lensbury Chess Club, December 1967, at which a demonstration of the Kriegspiel variant was given by Robinson and L.C. Kuiken. Includes rules of the game.
1p. notes on chess by Robinson.
Also included here is Robinson's carbon letter re the book and its publication, 1971.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.23  n.d

Shorter personal and family material.
Includes brief c.v. of Marion C. Way (Robinson's daughter) and a copy of her book 'Only one doctor', n.d., describing her experiences as a medical missionary in Tanganyika (Tanzania).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.24  1983

Notice of the first Robert Robinson Memorial Lecture, given at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford, May 1983, by Sir John Cornforth. The first lecture was devoted to a biographical account of Robinson and his work.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY  CSAC94.5.83/A.25-A.61  [n.d.]

Robinson had been occupied on his 'Memoirs' for several years before his death and was indeed at work on them to the very day he died. (Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.430). He had originally planned a single volume of eighteen chapters (see plan in CSAC94.5.83/A.25 below) but the extensive material proved to require two volumes covering the period before and after his appointment to the Waynflete Professorship at Oxford in 1930. Only the first volume was published before Robinson's death, 'Memoirs of a minor prophet. 70 years of organic chemistry' (Elsevier 1976), but substantial drafts remain for the projected second volume.
In his Preface to 'Memoirs of a minor prophet' Robinson explains his purpose and the difficult circumstances under which the work was undertaken, when he was partially, and later wholly, blind. He writes 'They are largely autobiographical, but the opportunity has been taken to describe certain major developments by others with whom I had some close connection... Throughout the work the object has been to locate the sources of novel developments and to show how different investigations have been connected by accident or bifurcation'. Robinson's method of achieving this object was to intersperse the narrative or chronological thread with an account of scientific investigations under way, theories under discussion or suggested molecular structures, and with biographical sketches of the careers and personalities of colleagues in various laboratories where research was going forward at the time, accompanied by anecdotes and photographs. This method, carried through for the first volume, was also used for the uncompleted second, and since the period covered was more recent (1930 onwards) Robinson wrote to many colleagues for help, requesting details of career, accounts or reminiscences of scientific work, and photographs for reproduction. Many of the photographs in Section E were obtained in this way, as were many of the biographical data and narratives included in the correspondence in Section D.
As has been said, Robinson was overtaken by blindness as the work progressed and though he attempted to write or correct material he was obliged increasingly to rely on dictation and on the correction, amplification or editing of transcriptions for the drafts of the second volume. Most of the material is therefore typescript, with some manuscript notes by assistants or, very occasionally, by Robinson himself; most of the draft chapters are in the original folders with notes of contents or individuals referred to.

Volume I, 'Memoirs of a minor prophet'  [no ref. or date]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.25  n.d., c.1969

2 pp. typescript plan for 'Chapters of autobiography, not necessarily in order'. This is for the original one-volume book of eighteen chapters
2 pp. list of 'Photographs required for autobiography'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.26  n.d

Miscellaneous drafts for preface and acknowledgements.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.27  n.d

'Chaim Weizmann at the University of Manchester'.
7 pp. typescript draft, with Robinson's ms. corrections and insertions. Not the version as published.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.28  n.d

Author's proof copy of book. Some errors (not all) corrected.

Volume II  [no ref. or date]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.29  n.d

Miscellaneous drafts for chapter headings, synopsis, etc.
The plan was for chapters as follows
Chapter I Extension of Synthesis of Anthocyanins and other topics in continuation with Vol.I.
Chapter II Miscellaneous Studies (Theoretical Matters and Samuel's letter)
Chapter III Synthesis of Steroids
Chapter IV Stilboestrol
Chapter V Chemistry of Penicillin
Chapter VI Alkaloids of Nux Vomica (Ajmaline)
Chapter VII The Royal Society and The Royal Society Clubs The Chemical Society and the Society of Chemical Industry
Chapter VIII Some Recollections of Oxford
Chapter IX Personal
Chapter X Government Committees and Travel
Chapter XI Industrial Consultancies (Shell - Cancer Research)
Chapter XII Concerning Publications (Tetrahedron and Chemosphere)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.30  1975

'Vol 2 Chapter 1 (Extension of Anthocyanins)' Original folder so described.
Miscellaneous ms. and typescript drafts, 12 pp. final typescript draft.
Includes note sent by A.R. Todd on his scientific career, signed and dated '24/2/75', which Robinson incorporated without change in the final draft.

'Vol 2 Chap. 2. Miscellaneous Contributions. Carbon'  CSAC94.5.83/A.31, A.32  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.31  n.d

'Miscellaneous contributions', 24 pp. typescript final draft, with 2 pp. note on 'Professor Osborne Reynolds Theory of the Nature of the Universe' (quoting letter from Samuel, see CSAC94.5.83/A.18).
This chapter (in original folder) contains Robinson's own analysis of his research papers selected from nos. 215-629 of the bibliography in Volume 1.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.32  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. and typescript drafts for chapter, all with variants.

'Vol 2 Chap 3 Steroids (Cornforth)'  CSAC94.5.83/A.33, A.34  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.33  n.d

'Synthesis in the Group of the Steroids'
Ms. and typescript draft, and 5 pp. note on career and work of J.W. Cornforth and R. Harradence (Mrs., later Lady Cornforth).
In original folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.34  1975

Draft of part of chapter, with revisions, corrections and additions by Cornforth, sent with a covering letter to Lady Robinson, 1975.

'Vol 2 Chap 4 Stilboestrol. Dodds'  CSAC94.5.83/A.35, A.36  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.35  1975

Ms. and typescript drafts for chapter, including account of the career and work of E.C. Dodds.
Draft of chapter, with revisions and corrections by R.A. Raphael, sent with a covering letter to Lady Robinson, 1975.
In original folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.36  n.d

'Stilboestrol. Dodds'
Ms. and 9 pp. typescript account of the career and work of E.C. Dodds, an earlier version of above, based on Dodds's own autobiographical notes, see CSAC94.5.83/D.22.
In original folder.

Chapter 5. Chemistry of Penicillin.  CSAC94.5.83/A.37-A.43  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.37  n.d

15 pp. typescript draft with ms. corrections.
17 pp. typescript draft incorporating corrections. In original folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.38  n.d

Miscellaneous previous drafts and inserts of sections of the chapter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.39  n.d

Accounts of the career and work of E.P. Abraham, E.B. Chain, H.W. Florey, D.C. Hodgkin, for incorporation in chapter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.40  1939

Photocopy of H.W. Florey's application to the Rockefeller Foundation for grant for penicillin research, 1939.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.41  1943

Photocopy of report PEN 91 and Addendum, 'A Discussion of the Structure of Penicillinic Acid and its Derivatives', by E.P Abraham, W. Baker, E.B. Chain and R. Robinson, 23 August 1943.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.42  n.d

Photographs of 'The first penicillin factory in the Pathology Laboratory, Oxford University', and of Robinson with Abraham, Baker and Chain.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.43  1975

Correspondence re penicillin and penicillamine from E.P. Abraham, 1971, and J.W. Cornforth, 1975.

'Volume II. Chapter VI. Strychnine and Ajmaline'.  CSAC94.5.83/A.44, A.45  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.44  n.d

23 pp. typescript draft, without formulae but including photographs and biographical accounts of career and work of R.B. Woodward, A.R. Battersby.
17 pp. typescript draft, including formulae but without photographs.
In original folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.45  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. and typescript drafts for chapter, biographical accounts, insertions, formulae, etc.
In original folder.

Chapter VII. Activities in Scientific Societies. (revised title from original plan)  CSAC94.5.83/A.46-A.49  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.46  n.d

32 pp. typescript draft.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.47  n.d

Miscellaneous typescript pages, on Royal Society affairs, with variants from above.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.48  1972

Material relating to D.C. Martin (Assistant Secretary, later Executive Secretary, The Royal Society), probably intended for incorporation in the chapter. Includes letter from Martin, 1972, and a photograph.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.49  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. pages for draft.

'Some recollections of Oxford' (Chapter VIII)  CSAC94.5.83/A.50, A.51  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.50  n.d

14 pp. typescript draft, appendices on A.J. Birch, G.W. Kenner.
In original folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.51  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. and typescript drafts.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.52  n.d

'Personal' (Chapter IX).
Ms. drafts only.

'Government Committees and Travel' (Chapter X)  CSAC94.5.83/A.53-A.55  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.53  n.d

'Chemical Warfare and Government Committees'
Typescript and ms. drafts.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.54  n.d

'Australia', 'India', draft re South America.
Typescript and ms. accounts of visits.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.55  n.d

'Visits to other countries for scientific discussions of various kinds'
Typescript and ms. drafts of accounts.

'Industrial Consultancies. Shell. Cancer Research' (Chapter XI)  CSAC94.5.83/A.56-A.58  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.56  n.d

'Industrial Consultancies'
Typescript and ms. drafts.
In original folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.57  n.d

Typescript and ms. biographical note on the career and work of F.E. King, for incorporation in the chapter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.58  1966

3 pp. typescript report on 'Plastics in Petrochemicals Ltd. and Shell Chemical Co. Ltd.', no author, 3 June 1966, kept with drafts for chapter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.59  n.d

'Concerning Publications' (Chapter XII)
Typescript and ms. drafts, re Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, and Chemosphere.
In original folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.60  n.d

Folder of miscellaneous paginated sequences.
Pages run 1-224, with omissions, and there is sometimes a note 'end of disc 3', etc.
The first page is headed '1st Draft' and begins 'Synthesis of Anthocyanins'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.61  n.d

Shorter unidentified ms. and typescript drafts.

PERSONAL MATERIAL  CSAC94.5.83/A.62-A.69  [n.d.]

Source of acquisition: Added to the collection by Dr. Marion Way and Mr. G. Walsh, 1982 and 1983.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.62  1912

Robinson's Application for the Chair of Pure and Applied Chemistry in the University of Sydney, June 1912. With testimonials.
In Robinson's original envelope inscribed 'To Mother with love'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.63  1947

'Clarification of the Structure of the Alkaloids'
Typescript version of article for Stockholm Dagens Nyheter on Robinson's work, by H. Erdtman, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Prize in November 1947. With photographs of the ceremony and of other recipients.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.64  1904

2 pp. typescript account of Robinson's mountaineering activities, by R.M. Acheson, and 4 pp. list of his expeditions and climbs beginning in 1904.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.65  1945, 1948, 1949

Four ms. letters to his mother, signed 'Robbie', 1943 (on return from visit to U.S.A. about penicillin), 1945 (Presidency of the Royal Society), 1948, 1949 (Conferral of Order of Merit).
Two ms. letters to his sister Dorothy (Mrs. Bell), mainly on mountaineering, 1913, 1914.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.66  1983, 1975

'The last day', 1p. account by Marion Way of her last conversation with her father, the day before he died. Written June 1983. Carbon copy of her letter to A.R. Todd, 1975, on similar theme.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.67  n.d

Letter re Robinson as chessplayer.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.68  1954

Tribute to Gertrude Robinson by J.L. Simonsen, 1954 (printed material).
Misc. shorter items.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/A.69  n.d

Folder of press-cuttings.
Material includes 1p. extracts 'From Lady Robinson's father's scrap book' which mentions the birth at Sydney in 1914 of a daughter who lived only one day. The birth of this first child is not recorded in memoirs or accounts of Robinson nor referred to in the 'Personal' draft section of his autobiography.


CSAC94.5.83/B.249 - CSAC94.5.83/B.349 THESES AND REPORTS
The main sequence, CSAC94.5.83/B.1 - CSAC94.5.83/B.211, contains various types of material (notes, reports, drafts, theses and related correspondence) by Robinson and his colleagues and collaborators, on specific research topics. These topics are presented in alphabetical order and adopt the headings used by Todd and Cornforth (Memoir, p.431) with some additional headings featured on surviving files of Robinson, e.g. 'Anglo-Iranian' (CSAC94.5.83/B.48) as well as consultancy material covering several research projects such as Imperial Chemical Industries (CSAC94.5.83/B.67 - CSAC94.5.83/B.94) or the Shell Chemical Company where Robinson worked for the last twenty years of his life (CSAC94.5.83/B.152 - CSAC94.5.83/B.181).
CSAC94.5.83/B.212 - CSAC94.5.83/B.248 consists of miscellaneous notes and notebooks, almost all in Robinson's hand, and, with the exception of CSAC94.5.83/B.245 - CSAC94.5.83/248 on mathematics, all on chemical structures. A very large proportion of these were received as loose papers, undated, untitled and conforming only to the famous report on the young Robinson at Manchester in 1902 'A good worker but messy'.
CSAC94.5.83/B.249 - CSAC94.5.83/B.349 consists of theses and research reports by various authors, almost all of whom were working directly with Robinson as research students or collaborators; many of the items are heavily revised or annotated by Robinson, and include authors' acknowledgements of advice or information afforded by him. These documents, though an aspect of Robinson's contribution to the general advance of chemical research, are less obviously tied to the specific topics in CSAC94.5.83/B.1 - CSAC94.5.83/B.211 above, and are therefore listed separately here.
ALIPHATIC ACIDS CSAC94.5.83/B.1 - CSAC94.5.83/B.3
ALKALOIDS CSAC94.5.83/B.4 - CSAC94.5.83/B.45
AMINO-ACIDS CSAC94.5.83/B.46, CSAC94.5.83/B.47
ANTHOCYANIDINS CSAC94.5.83/B.49 - CSAC94.5.83/B.52
ANTHOCYANINS CSAC94.5.83/B.53, CSAC94.5.83/B.54
BETANIN CSAC94.5.83/B.55
F.68 CSAC94.5.83/B.66
ORIGINS OF PETROLEUM CSAC94.5.83/B.95 - CSAC94.5.83/B.139
PENICILLIN CSAC94.5.83/B.140 - CSAC94.5.83/B.151


ALIPHATIC ACIDS  CSAC94.5.83/B.1 - B.3  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.1  n.d

5 pp. typescript with many ms. additions and corrections, with a ms. note on p.1 'This list includes most of the general reactions you need in the aliphatic series'. On the verso of the last page is a note 'For M.C.R.'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.2  n.d

'The Structure of Phthioic Acid'
7 pp. typescript draft for a letter to the editor, no journal or date (latest reference 1948). Refers to Robinson's and Polgar's paper on the subject (Memoir, p.521).
Includes 2 pp. ms. note (not by Robinson) on 'Component fatty acids of human tubercle bacilli'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.3  1962

Shorter ms. notes by Robinson of fatty acids, undated.
Included here is a report by G. Grimmer 'On Unusual Fatty Acids of Man', 1962.

ALKALOIDS  CSAC94.5.83/B.4-B.45  [n.d.]

This is the largest surviving sequence of material, reflecting the inherent range of the substances, Robinson's long continuance of work on the subject, and also in part the connection with Imperial Chemical Industries Dyestuffs Group Research Committee and later the Medicinal Section of the Committee (q.q.v.). Many of the reports were sponsored by and prepared for the committee and this is indicated, where known, in the relevant entry.
CSAC94.5.83/B.4-CSAC94.5.83/B.14 consists of Robinson's own notes and notebooks on the subject; CSAC94.5.83/B.15-CSAC94.5.83/B.45 are an alphabetical sequence of material on specific substances.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.4  1946, 1947, 1948, 1949

Dark red hard-back notebook of experimental results, notes, research ideas, etc. on several topics.
Various sections of the book are used, and some pages bear dates

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.5  n.d

Beige notebook of notes on the literature, Robinson's own notes, research ideas, notes for experiments, on several topics.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.6  1926-29

Robinson's notes, and notes on the literature, dates mainly
Includes 12 pp. sequence of references, some on verso of Manchester University writing-paper.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.7  n.d

15 pp. sequence of notes headed 'Formulae', n.d. but refers to work of R.B. Woodward.
1p. list of 'Alkaloids'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.8  n.d

Miscellaneous drafts for lectures or papers on alkaloids.
2 pp. ms.
pp.2-9 typescript of lecture on alkaloids; refers to work of R.B. Woodward, so after 1954.
Miscellaneous pages for a later lecture, probably 1960s.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.9  n.d

Sequence of ms. notes, stapled together by Robinson, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.10  n.d

3 bundles of notes on alkaloids.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.11  n.d

Miscellaneous notes on alkaloids (loose pages only).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.12  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. notes on alkaloids (loose pages only).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.13  n.d

Sequence of pages from a loose-leaf notebook, n.d., latest reference 1952, described by J.W. Cornforth as 'Thinking about alkaloids and other heterocycles'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.14  1950

Notes on alkaloids, c.1950.
Notes and speculations on alkaloid biosynthesis, some probably 1960s.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.15  1947-1955

Akuammine and related compounds
6 pp. ms. notes by Robinson.
2 pp. ms. notes by Robinson, with a ms. note 'A.F. Thomas'.
Robinson published collaborative papers on the subject with Thomas 1953-55 (Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.457).
Also included here is a 9 pp. typescript report on 'Extraction of Picralima nitida, collected in Kumasi, August 1947', no author, c.1950, with a ms. note by Robinson 'From the CIBA laboratories'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.16  n.d

pp.2-7 of paginated sequence.
Miscellaneous ms. notes, some with names of researchers working on problem.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.17  1946

14 pp. paginated sequence, dated 18 October 1946.

Calycanthine and Calycanthidine  CSAC94.5.83/B.18-B.23  [n.d.]

Related information: See also CSAC94.5.83/B.30.

Todd and Cornforth (Memoir, pp.456-7) list these among 'Miscellaneous Alkaloids' and write: 'Important conclusions on the structure of calycanthine and calycanthidine were obtained from material left by Barger and subjected to 'somewhat desultory' investigations at Oxford'.
Some of the material below consists of copies of earlier work by Barger and collaborators at Edinburgh University.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.18  1930

7 pp. typescript paper by A. Girardet, Edinburgh, September 1930.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.19  n.d

'On Calycanthine'
19 pp. typescript paper by Barger, J. Madinaveitia and P. Streuli, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.20  n.d

5 pp. typescript paper, n.d., Edinburgh. One of the authors is J. Madinaveitia, no other names are given.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.21  1939

Correspondence, 1939, re supplies of calycanthus seed ordered by Barger and passed on to Robinson. (Barger died in January 1939. See CSAC94.5.83/D.3 for correspondence with Florence Barger.)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.22  1949

3 pp. typescript note on Calycanthidine, dated 29 October 1949 and inscribed by Robinson 'For Levy. Own Expt.'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.23  n.d

34 pp. typescript paper, on indole alkaloids.
pp. 10-34 are 'On the Alkaloids of Calycanthus Floridus L', No author or date.

Cellulose  CSAC94.5.83/B.24-B.27  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.24  1910-1932

'Qualitative review of the Literature ...' (based on Chemical Abstracts).
All typescript.
Reports on cellulose.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.25  n.d

'Studies in starch and cellulose', by F.J. Averill.
9 pp. typescript, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.26  n.d

'Oxycellulose', by G.L. Godman.
12 pp. typescript, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.27  n.d

'The constitution of cellulose and of some starch dextrins', by L.F. Owen.
13 pp. typescript, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.28  n.d

Ms. sequence paginated 1-4 and beginning 'Examination of the possibility ...' (stapled together by Robinson).
Ms. sequence paginated 5-8, not stapled by Robinson with above but probably a continuation of it.
Miscellaneous loose pages of notes, ideas and diagrams, related to flavothebaone.

Indole alkaloids  CSAC94.5.83/B.29, B.30  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.29  n.d

'Synthetical studies in the indole group of the alkaloids'
D. Phil. thesis from the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, by Y-S Kao, 1950.
Front cover missing, but inside page is inscribed 'Alkaloids' by Robinson, and pp.68-130 (the experimental section) are very heavily revised and almost rewritten by him.
1p. ms. notes by Robinson are included here.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.30  1956

'New oxidation processes and their application to alkaloids of the indole and morphine group'
D. Phil. thesis by H-J Teuber, May 1956 (includes work on calycanthine and calycanthidine q.q.v.).
Also included are pp.7-14 of a paper in German on calycanthins, inscribed by Robinson 'Tauber' (sic).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.31  n.d

Related information: See also CSAC94.5.83/C.29.

The morphine group
'Synthetic Codeine'
2 pp. typescript note, no author or date.
6 pp. ms. sequence of notes on 'Thebaine', stapled together by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.32  1935, 1936, 1956

List of 'Material required by Professor R. Robinson' of types of rauwolfia, their native names and sources of supply in Africa, with miscellaneous correspondence, 1935, 1936, from suppliers.
'The alkaloid of Rauwolfia ...'
3 pp. typescript draft, no author or date.
Published note on 'Aricine' by H.A. Rose, 1956.

Strychnine, neo-strychnine, pseudo-strychnine  CSAC94.5.83/B.33-B.44  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.33  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. notes, research ideas, diagrams, etc. by Robinson, in pencil and in different inks showing re-working and re-thinking (none dated). Includes page headed 'Visit from Mrs. Hodgkin'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.34  c1945

Extensive sequence of notes, diagrams and ideas, in various blue, black and red ink and pencil, trying out possible structure for strychnine and showing Robinson's thinking in process.
Written on American paper format, tentatively dated after 1945 and before 1947 by J.W. Cornforth.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.35  n.d

Miscellaneous typescript notes on sources, types and characterististics of Strychnos plants.
1p. experimental observations on infrared.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.36  1926-1928

1p. 'List of Substances sent to Oxford for Analysis Oct. 1926-Jan.1928'.
(Sent to W.H. Perkin in Oxford from Robinson in Manchester.)
Miscellaneous loose pages of notes and diagrams.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.37  n.d

Two bundles of notes and diagrams on strychnine, iso-strychnine, etc., n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.38  1941-50

Correspondence re strychnine, from C.A. Friedmann
Included here is a 2 pp. draft of a paper 'Direct Introduction of the Angular Methyl Group' (latest reference 1944) by Friedmann and Robinson, not listed in Bibliography.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.39  n.d

'Improved method for the preparation of... pseudo-strychnine', bu D. Mukherji.
20 pp. ms.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.40  n.d

'A short summary of experiments on the synthesis of substances related to strychnine', by B.P. Moore.
5 pp. typescript with a ms. note by Robinson at end

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.41  c1938

'Analytical and synthetic investigations into the structure of strychnine'
pp.4-6 only of D. Phil. thesis by H.T. Openshaw, October 1938, with a ms. note by Robinson 'Strychnine Theory'.
(Robinson published a collaborative paper with Openshaw in 1937.)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.42  1946

Graph of strychnine compounds, by A.M. Stephen

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.43  n.d

'Strychnin und Vomicin', by H. Wieland and others.
3 pp. typescript and ms.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.44  1951

1p. note on infra-red and ultra-violet data of strychnine and its derivatives, no author or date.
'Strychninonic Acid'
21 pp. ms., no author or date.
Also enclosed here is a report on strychnos psilosperma

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.45  n.d

Miscellaneous sequences (incomplete) of notes and ideas on the structure of vomicine, one paginated 1-3, one 12-23, etc., perhaps c.1950.
For additional material on alkaloid research, see I.C.I. Dyestuffs Group Research Committee, CSAC94.5.83/B.67-CSAC94.5.83/B.81 passim.

AMINO-ACIDS  CSAC94.5.83/B.46, B.47  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.46  n.d

Miscellaneous loose pages of notes by Robinson on structures of amino-acids, some perhaps 1960s.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.47  n.d

1p. ms. note by J.A. Barltrop
Miscellaneous ms. and typescript notes, reports, preparations, etc. by J.F.W. McOmie, some with various dates September-October 1944.
2 pp. typescript report, no author or date.

'ANGLO-IRANIAN'  CSAC94.5.83/B.48  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.48  n.d

Miscellaneous notes and drafts, most inscribed 'Anglo-Iranian' in Robinson's hand, relating to research on hydrocarbons, 1930s.
2 pp. ms. note of substances 'Sent to Anglo I'.
1 p. table of 'Expenses: hydrocarbon work', inscribed 'Anglo Iranian'.
26 pp. typescript report on 'The preparation of pure branched-chain and cycloparaffins', with a ms. heading 'Anglo Iranian File'.
Report on 'The construction of a Podbielniak distillation column', paginated 27-32 (not inscribed 'Anglo Iranian' but probably a continuation of above).

ANTHOCYANIDINS  CSAC94.5.83/B.49-B.52  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.49  no year

Sequence of ms. notes, probably originally part of a hard-back notebook, of research ideas and experiments carried out by Robinson.
Mainly on cyanidins, but includes some material on other topics.
Some pages bear various dates between 'Nov. 17' and 'Dec. 26' (and including 24 and 25 December)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.50  n.d

Two sequences of 3 pp. typescript notes on anthocyanidins in various plant specimens. Both sequences are inscribed 'Only copy available. No other notes'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.51  n.d

4 pp. ms. notes on flavylium salts.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.52  1956, 1958

Miscellaneous drafts for collaborative papers with B.F. Cain, on 'Synthesis of Flavylium salts of the peltogynidin series', and 'The structure of cyanomaclurin', n.d. (latest reference 1958) and not listed in Bibliography.
Includes three letters, 1956, from B.F. Cain and a 1p. note on flavylium salt inscribed 'Delhi Thesis - K.R. Laumas, August 1958' with a ms. note 'Cain'.

ANTHOCYANINS  CSAC94.5.83/B.53, B.54  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.53  n.d

1p. 'List of plants in which nitrogenous anthocyanins have been recognised'.
'Paper chromatography of anthocyanins and related substances in petal extracts', by E.C. Bate-Smith. 7 pp. typescript, n.d., latest reference 1944.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.54  n.d

Miscellaneous early notes on anthocyanins, with list of co-workers, n.d., c.1927.
1p. ms. notes, prehaps by Gertrude Robinson, with notes by Robinson on verso.
1p. notes re development of Robinson's colour tests.

BETANIN  CSAC94.5.83/B.55  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.55  1937

No ms. work by Robinson on betanin survives though he wrote several papers on the subject. See Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.465.
'Preliminary Experiments in the pigment of Beta Vulgaris', 1p. ms., no author or date.
Miscellaneous ms. notes on 'Extraction of Beet', no author or date.
1p. typescript 'Extraction of Beet Pigment'.
2 papers on 'The Red Pigment of the Root of the Beet', by G.W. Pucher et al., 1937.


[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.56  n.d

Miscellaneous notes by Robinson, many headed 'Biogenesis' or 'Biosynthesis', none dated, but covering a considerable period and including some late material when his eyesight was failing.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.57  1958

Programme of meeting on 'Biosynthesis of Phenolic Compounds in Plants' organised by Plant Phenolic Group, Cambridge, September 1958. Includes abstracts of papers read.
Robinson chaired and opened the meeting.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.58  1957

1p. only of Robinson's contribution to a symposium on 'Biogenesis of natural products' at the British Association meeting, Dublin, September 1957.
Miscellaneous drafts for paper on 'Biogenesis of Alkaloids'.
Shorter notes at lectures or meetings.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.59  1957, 1959

Correspondence from W.I. Taylor, re biosynthetic research and publications, 1957, 1959 (enclosing a paper).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.60  n.d

Reports and draft papers on biosynthesis, by A.R. Battersby, a few with brief notes by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.61  n.d

Miscellaneous reports, draft papers, press-cuttings on biosynthesis, several with brief notes by Robinson.


[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.62  n.d

Related information: See also CSAC94.5.83/B.317.

Miscellaneous pages of heavily-corrected draft for paper.
'Acetyl derivatives of brazilin and haematoxylin', 2 pp. ms., no author or date.
'Summary of some experiments with Acetyl-brazilins', 7 pp. typescript, no author or date.
Miscellaneous ms. notes by Robinson.
Included here is an offprint or proof of paper by Robinson and F. Morsingh 'Synthese des Brasilins', 1p. only. (Perhaps the paper referred to by Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.526, Bibliog. no.710).


[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.63  1920-1921

Research Report no.9, on o-Phthalaldehyde Violet Black, 2 pp. typescript, May 1920, from The Dalton Laboratory.
This is the only surviving document in the manuscript collection pertaining to the brief period of Robinson's appointment as Director of the British Dyestuffs Corporation's Huddersfield Department. Robinson left to become Professor of Organic Chemistry at St. Andrews, but see CSAC94.5.83/B.67-CSAC94.5.83/B.81 for his later collaborative work with I.C.I. Dyestuffs Group Research Committee. See Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, pp.420-21.
Included here are two reports on naphthalene tetrachloride, both by G.H. French and W. Gibson, February 1921 (from Dalton Research Department) and June 1921 (from Imperial Chemical Industries Dyestuffs Group).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.64  1922

Research report by E.C. Gifford, prepared for British Dyestuffs Corporation Limited, and submitted by Robinson and W.H. Perkin, on 2-Anthroquinoyl, February 1922, ms. and typescript draft.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.65  n.d

Undated research report by Gifford, on 7-Aminothioquindolin, ms. and typescript draft.

F.68  CSAC94.5.83/B.66  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.66  1937

This refers to work in 1937 on material supplied by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
5 pp. typescript 'Report on B. aertrycke Work', no author or date.
'Report of Meeting at L.S.H.T.M. on 16/12/37', 3 pp. typescript, no author or date.
1p. ms. notes by Robinson.
Miscellaneous shorter notes, 1937.
Included here are two typescript notes, 6 pp. and 10 pp., no author or date, perhaps related to the work.


Related information: 1936: See CSAC94.5.83/B.288.

Administrative history:
Robinson was a member of the Committee from its inception in 1929, though the earliest dated material is 1933. CSAC94.5.83/B.67, B.68 represent loose pages of undated notes, identified by J.W. Cornforth as related to meetings and/or research for I.C.I.

CSAC94.5.83/B.69-CSAC94.5.83/B.81 is a chronological sequence, 1933-45, of correspondence, research reports and data, some prepared by Robinson's graduate students, specifically designated for the Committee; several of the reports in CSAC94.5.83/B.249-CSAC94.5.83/B.349 may also have originated in similar projects but are not specifically identified as such.
Some of the requests for advice on various I.C.I. research matters emanate from other divisions of the firm and are addressed to Robinson as general consultant.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.67, B.68  n.d

Two folders of undated ms. notes, related to Dyestuffs Group meetings and research.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.69  1933

Correspondence re preparations, reports on samples of dyestuffs, research in hand, etc.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.70  1933

Research reports by R.L.M. Allen, submitted by Robinson, on Cyanine Dyes (May), and Naphthindole Derivatives (September).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.71  1934

Correspondence, etc. Includes requests to Robinson for advice on various proposed I.C.I. research ideas.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.72  1934

Research reports by W.C. Dovey, submitted by Robinson, on Peri-substituted naphthalene derivatives (ms. and typescript drafts, July), and on acenaphthene - 5 - carboxylic acid (ms. and typescript drafts, December).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.73  1935

Research reports by W.C. Dovey, on indole acid and carboxylic acid, ms. drafts, July.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.74  1935

Undated ms. research reports by Dovey, on carboxylic acid, etc., some revised and corrected by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.75  1936-37

Includes letter, 2 March 1937, from C.J.T. Cronshaw, on the history of Monastral Blue B.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.76  1938

Correspondence and reports.
Includes letters from Robinson to accompany 'Further results on Fern Fronds', list of 'Reports from the D.P. [Dyson Perrins] Laboratory to Dyestuffs G.R.C.', with authors, titles and dates 1934-36, 'List of R.R. Substances taken from results in R.A. book, from Feb. 1938', and typescript drafts of 'Speeches delivered at the Dinner celebrating the 100th Meeting of the Dyestuffs Group Research Committee December 9th, 1938'. (The speeches are on 'The Carbon Atom', by C.J.T. Cronshaw, and reply by Dr. Baldwin.)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.77  1938

Research report by H.P.W. Huggill, submitted by Robinson, on naphthalene derivatives (heavily-corrected ms. and typescript drafts), March.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.78  1938

Three undated research reports by Huggill, with some ms. corrections, on naphthalines.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.79  1939

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.80  1940

Reports and preparations only.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.81  1945

Brief correspondence re preparation.
Undated report by K.B. Hutton, on I.C.I. process for preparation of acetyl-methalurea.


According to Todd and Cornforth (Memoir, p.421), Robinson was 'a major factor in the creation of a medicinal section in the Dyestuffs Group at Blackley and so in the birth of the Pharmaceutical Division of Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd.' The designation 'Medicinal Products Panel' is used on correspondence emanating from I.C.I., though various forms of words are found on the reports submitted by Robinson and his collaborators. Much of the surviving material relates to attempts to develop the synthetic anti-malarial plasmoquine (see Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.479), though other projects are also discussed. CSAC94.5.83/B.91 is loose pages of ms. notes by Robinson, identified by J.W. Cornforth as related to plasmoquine and dated

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.82  1936-37

Research reports by A. Lowe and Robinson, on lactylcholine (October 1936) and [BETA]-isopropylamine (September 1937).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.83  1938

Research reports by A. Lowe and Robinson, on [BETA]-isopropylamine hydrochloride (May 1938), and [BETA]-isopropylamine (October 1938, numbered Committee paper 36). Ms. and typescript drafts.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.84  1938

Research report by H.M.E. Cardwell and Robinson, on iminonitriles (October 1938, numbered Committee paper 37). Ms. and typescript drafts, heavily corrected by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.85  1938

Correspondence from I.C.I. re research programmes for Medicinal Products Panel.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.86  1939

Correspondence on research projects. Includes letter on ergosterol in yeast addressed to F.L. Pyman, report of a discussion with Robinson on 'Development of Manufacturing Processes for Phamaceutical Products', reports on plasmoquine, 'List of Compounds submitted to I.C.I. Dyestuffs Group as Potential Tuberculocides', etc.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.87  1940

Research report by H.M.E. Cardwell, submitted by Robinson, on alkylation of amines, June.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.88  1940

Research report by C.H. Vasey, submitted by Robinson and heavily corrected by him, on piperonyl acetone, July.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.89  1941

Research report by E. Hoggarth, submitted by Robinson on hydroxyquinoline, April.
'Summary of Dr. Haddow's results', sent to Robinson, May.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.90  1942

Research reports by E. Hoggarth, submitted by Robinson, all on plasmoquine, March, July, August. Ms. and typescript drafts and brief correspondence.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.91  1942

Loose pages of ms. notes by Robinson, related to work on plasmoquine, c.1942.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.92  c.1943

Report on 'Compounds in the naphthacene series', no author, latest reference 1943.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.93  1944

Research report by R. Jaeger, submitted by Robinson, on 'Some Ketonic Derivatives of Diphenylpropane', January. Typescript draft.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.94  1944

Miscellaneous progress reports on research on plasmoquine. No authors or dates.

ORIGINS OF PETROLEUM  CSAC94.5.83/B.95-B.139  [n.d.]

The material relates to some of Robinson's last research on the origins of petroleum (see Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.495). It includes (CSAC94.5.83/B.95-CSAC94.5.83/B.107) partial drafts and notes for several lectures and papers on the subject by Robinson, among them a Royal Institution Discourse, a Lockwood Lecture, conference contributions, letters to Nature, and the collaborative papers with P.E. Kolattukudy and R.H. Jaeger on nonacosan - 15 - one. See also CSAC94.5.83/B.135 for correspondence re a proposed book to be written in collaboration with P.C. Sylvester-Bradley on 'The origin of oil and life on earth'.
Of special interest is the correspondence (CSAC94.5.83/B.108-CSAC94.5.83/B.138). This was originally crammed into two bulky folders labelled 'Origins of Petroleum' which are preserved at CSAC94.5.83/B.139. The letters, now presented in alphabetical order with a brief indication of content, cover research, publications, visits, etc. for the period approximately 1960-71; they give some impression of the energy which Robinson, even in his eighties, still brought to bear on research problems. Incomplete as they are, these letters, together with the correspondence at CSAC94.5.83/B.170-CSAC94.5.83/B.181 which also dates from Robinson's later years as a consultant for the Shell Chemical Company Limited, are all that survive as a substantial sequence to document his restless and undiminished dedication to research.

Drafts and notes by Robinson  CSAC94.5.83/B.95-B.107  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.95  n.d

'The origin of petroleum. Synopsis of lecture proposed to be delivered in Delhi (University), in Milan (Professor G. Natta's Institute) and Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford University'.
4 pp. typescript and ms.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.96  1965

'The origin of oil'
Communication to the British Association, Cambridge
3 pp. typescript and ms.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.97  n.d

'The Origins of Petroleum'
Typescript of Lockwood lecture, 14 pp. +4 pp. references.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.98  1967

Similar to CSAC94.5.83/B.97 but with some ms. additions and alterations, and with a ms. note 'Lockwood lecture 22nd December 1967'.
(Given at The Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station, New Haven, see correspondence with P.E. Kolattukudy, CSAC94.5.83/B.121.)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.99  n.d

'Duplex origin of petroleum'
13 pp. typescript

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.100  n.d

'Duplex origin of petroleum'
3 pp. ms. and typescript

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.101  n.d

'Duplex origin of petroleum'
10 pp. ms. and typescript, (lacks p.9).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.102  n.d

'The origins of petroleum'
Heavily-revised ms. and typescript, variously paginated.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.103  n.d

'The origins of petroleum'
3 pp. typescript and ms. (similar to CSAC94.5.83/B.99).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.104  n.d

3 pp. ms. sequence beginning 'The writer's own contribution ...'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.105  n.d

Ms. sequence on discussion with others
(Both of the above were probably for a report on a conference or discussion meeting.)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.106  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. notes and references on origins of petroleum.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.107  n.d

Miscellaneous articles, research papers, etc. on origins of petroleum, sent to Robinson and some annotated by him.

Correspondence on the origins of petroleum. 1960-71  CSAC94.5.83/B.108-B.139  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.108  1964-1971

Ashby, E. 1971
On lead in petrol.
Barber, H. Newton 1969
C29 compounds in brassica.
Bard, B. J. A. 1970
Battersby, A. R. 1964, 1970
On research projects (not specifically origins of petroleum).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.109  1962-1967

Bickel, A. F. 1966
Briggs, M. H. 1962
Re Robinson's writings on subject.
Brongersma-Sanders, M. 1965-67
Brunnock, J. V. 1966-67

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.110  1966-68

Calvin, M.
On research and publications, especially on Soudan shales, and including documentation.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.111  1963-1969

Carr, F. H. 1965
Chatterjea, J. N. 1969
Chibnall, A. C. 1963, 1967
On naturally occurring paraffins, and 'Chibnall-Channon' hypothesis.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.112  1967; 1966

Clark, R. E. D.
Claus, G.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.113  1961-66

Colombo, U. P.
On research, publications, visits. Correspondence 1962-63 includes material re conference on 'Organic Processes in Geochemistry', Milan, September 1962, organised by Colombo. Robinson wrote a paper 'Duplex origins of petroleum' which was read for him by G.D. Hobson from whom correspondence re delivery and publication of paper is also included.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.114  1963, 1965, 1966, 1967

Cornforth, J. W.
Various exchanges on research ideas; not a continuous sequence.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.115  1962, 1966, 1967-68

Dean, R. A.
Dombrowski, H. J.
Duchesne, J.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.116  1960-1968

Eglinton, G. 1962, 1968
Friedel, R. A. 1966
Gershinowitz, H. 1960
Robinson's carbon only.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.117  1962-1969

Haggis, G. H. 1962
Robinson's carbon only.
Harkness, R. A. 1967-69
On high temperature catalytic reduction of steroids, and refers to work of M. Calvin.
Hennessy, D. J. 1966

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.118  1961, 1965-67

Hobson, G. D.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.119  1960-1966

Hodgson, G. W. 1966
Holroyd, R. 1960
On wartime spectroscopic research into composition of fuels.
Huisman, P. H. 1961, 1964
Jones, H. 1963
Robinson's carbon only.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.120  1962, 1965

King, F. E.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.121  1967-69

Related information: See also CSAC94.5.83/C.22.

Kolattukudy, P. E.
On research and publication of collaborative papers with Robinson and R.H. Jaeger. Some results, discussions of meetings, and material from R.H. Jaeger are also included.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.122  1967

Lederberg, J. 1967
Lederer, E. 1967
Levelock, J. E. 1967

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.123  1969; 1965-66

Macey, M. J. K.
Marx, P. C.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.124  1960-1967

Metcalfe, G. H. 1960-61
Re article by Robinson on petroleum, for 'Catalyst 6'.
Meyer, H. 1967
Re proposed book by Robinson and P.C. Sylvester-Bradley 'The origin of oil and life on earth'.
Michaelis, A. R. 1967
Mitchell, W. F. 1960
Robinson's drafts only, mentioning his lectures and papers on his 'rather iconoclastic ideas about the origin of petroleum'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.125  1967-69

Monster, J.
Re analyses of barium carbonates, and including correspondence exchanged with R.H. Jaeger, L.J. Dry.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.126  1960-1968

Mooy, H. H. 1960
Morgan, E. D. 1968
Mueller, G. 1966
Murray, J. T. 1965

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.127  1965-70

Nagy, B.
On research and publications, mainly on optical activity of carbonaceous meteorites, and including results, reports, etc.; also includes arrangements for Robinson to visit and lecture of University of Arizona.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.128  1966-1969

Nature 1966
Orò, J. 1967, 1969
Pirie, N. W. 1966
Robinson's carbon only.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.129  1967-70

Ponnamperuma, C

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.130  1963, 1968

Popják, G. J.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.131  1962-1967

Rapaport, H. 1967
Rittenberg, D. 1967
Ross, F. F. 1965
Rumscheidt, G. E 1962
Robinson's carbon only.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.132  1960, 1969

Schindler, R G. 1969
Enclosing correspondence and paper from Ernesto Longobardi, on optical activity in organic compounds.
Seyfried, W. D. 1960
Slotboom, H. W 1960

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.133  1960-62, 1967

Smith, N. D.
(Vice-President, Shell Development Company), on current research.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.134  1960, 1966

Speers, G. C. 1965
Stevens, N. P. 1960
Stevenson, D. P. 1966

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.135  1963, 1966-1968

Sylvester-Bradley, P. C. 1963, 1966-68
Mainly re proposed collaborative book on 'The origin of oil and life on earth', and including a draft chapter on 'The chemistry of meteorites'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.136  1960, 1967

Taube, M. 1967
Taylor, B. W. 1960
Thode, H. G. 1967
Robinson's carbon only.
Truter, E. V. 1967

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.137  1966-67, 1969

Urey, H. C.
On biological material in meteorites.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.138  1960-1967

Watkin, J. E. 1960
Whitehead, E. V. 1967
Wilson, A. T. 1962, 1964, 1966
Young, J. Z. 1967
Ziegler, K. 1967

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.139  n.d

Robinson's original folders.

PENICILLIN  CSAC94.5.83/B.140-B.151  [n.d.]

Administrative history:
Robinson participated in the chemical investigation of penicillin, working with E.P. Abraham, W. Baker and E.B. Chain, from 1942 (for a contemporary photograph of the four,see CSAC94.5.83/A.42). Attempts at synthesis were, and remain, uneconomic.

Robinson's own material is at CSAC94.5.83/B.140-CSAC94.5.83/B.144, the remaining items being reports by others.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.140  1942

2 pp. typescript research programme, attributed by J.W. Cornforth to Robinson and tentatively dated 1942.
1p. list of research workers and preparations assigned to them.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.141  1944

Typescript copy of Patent no.10454, filed 31 May 1944 by Abraham, Chain, Baker and Robinson, on substituted oxazolones.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.142  n.d

Ms. 'Interim Report from the Dyson Perrins Laboratory and the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, intended for 'C.P.S.' (Committee for Penicillin Synthesis), not numbered or dated.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.143  1960

Miscellaneous ms. notes, various dates, including ideas on new penicillins, c.1960.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.144  n.d

'Chemistry of penicillin'
Draft for slide lecture, mainly in French, but p. 1 is in English, and the last page has additional ms. material added in French.

Reports and research notes by collaborators.  CSAC94.5.83/B.145-B.151  [n.d.]

In alphabetical order.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.145  n.d

Barltrop, J. A.
Felton, D. G.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.146  n.d

Goldsworthy, L. J.
Several reports, and brief correspondence.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.147  c1945

Holmes, D.
Several reports, some dated 20 September 1945, 25 November 1946.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.148  1944

Huang, H. T.
Report, September 1946, on work published in collaboration with J.W. Cornforth in J. Chem. Soc., 1948. Cornforth and Robinson supervised Huang's thesis
Huang, R. L.
Brief report, 1944
Jansen, A. B. A.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.149  1944, 1946

Jepson, J. B. 1944, and a letter c. 1946.
Muir, H. M.
Nineham, A. W.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.150  1946

Poole, J. B.
Rogers, M. A. T., 1946

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.151  n.d



Administrative history:
Robinson's connections with the Company arose from its takeover of Petrochemicals Limited of which he had been a director (see Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.427, and CSAC94.5.83/B.152 below). After his retirement he became a director of Shell Chemical Company Limited, pursuing active research in the small laboratory made available to him and his collaborators at Egham, Surrey, and also attending company conferences and meetings and participating in various projects in Britain and abroad.
The name 'Shell Chemical Company Limited' is adopted as a convenience only; many other divisions of the organisation were involved, and Robinson himself later worked from the Shell Centre in London.

The research notes included at CSAC94.5.83/B.153-CSAC94.5.83/B.169 below can be identified by dates place-names or topics as relating to Shell; many of the unidentified notes at CSAC94.5.83/B.222-CSAC94.5.83/B.233 were probably also taken on similar occasions or for similar purposes.
Of interest is the sequence of correspondence and papers at CSAC94.5.83/B.170-CSAC94.5.83/B.181, dealing with a collaborative research project with CIBA on carcinostatic and anti-leukaemia compounds and prophylactics. Together with the correspondence on the origins of petroleum at CSAC94.5.83/B.108-CSAC94.5.83/B.138, this is the only surviving documentation, incomplete though it may be and confined to Robinson's later years, of his involvement in a research project.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.152  n.d

2 pp. ms. notes on research plans, one on verso of letterhead of 'Petrochemicals Limited', kept as sample of Robinson's connection with this Company.

Dated notes, reports, research ideas for Shell.  CSAC94.5.83/B.153-B.161  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.153  c.1958-1964

Black notebook, first page dated November 1958, another page dated 1 January 1964.
1p. with note 'written early 1960'
2pp. 'Modesto 3 Sept. 60'
7pp. 'Oct.26/60 Amsterdam'
'Sept. 1960'
'Carrington Sept. 22/60'
'Modesto Nov. 1960'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.154  1961

'Notes for Carrington 16/1/61'
3 pp. miscellaneous visits and reports, January-March 1961.
'May 61 Modesto' and 'Sept. 22 Modesto'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.155  1961

1p. list of 'Topics for discussion with Sir Robert Robinson', with titles of research projects and names of project leaders, April 1961.
Includes miscellaneous sequences of notes by Robinson, some with names corresponding to those on list.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.156  1962

2 sequences of notes on 'Visit to Amsterdam, June 1962'.
6 pp. sequence 'May 64'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.157  1962

'Research Contract no.7'. Report on visit to Carrington, February 1965.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.158  1965

Miscellaneous notes for 1965, including topics to be discussed with Robinson in Amsterdam, July.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.159  1966

'Research Contract no.17' March 1966, 1p. Notes on visit, July 1966, 1p.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.160  1966

Substantial sequence of notes, paginated 1-31, on visit to Emeryville, September 1966.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.161  1968

'Research Contract no.32', Report on visit to Carrington December 1967, February 1968
4 pp. notes on visit to Amsterdam.
2 pp. note on a possible synthesis of naphthalene, Egham, March 1968.

Undated notes, reports, research ideas for Shell.  CSAC94.5.83/B.162, B.163  [n.d.]

These are similar to CSAC94.5.83/B.153-CSAC94.5.83/B.161, and bear names of known Shell laboratories, e.g. Carrington, Modesto.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.162  n.d

'Modesto', 3 pp.
pp.3-6 only of report on a visit, and draft covering letter re organisation of research.
2 pp. report on 'Abscisin'.
3 pp. '7th Synthesis Discussion', at Woodstock.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.163  n.d

3 pp. 'Notes on American visit'.
2 pp. 'Visit to Carrington Nov.2-3'.
2 pp. untitled report.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.164  n.d

Miscellaneous notes, including pages of a draft report, numbered 2-3, a-e, conversation notes at a meeting, etc.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.165  n.d

Miscellaneous notes, mainly referring to projects in drugs research.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.166-B.168  n.d

Three folders of loose pages of ms. notes, identified as relating to Shell by J.W. Cornforth and some bearing a note of topic or content supplied by him.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.169  n.d

Miscellaneous printed reports and papers, relating to or emanating from Shell, some annotated by Robinson.

Research on preventive medicine for Shell.  CSAC94.5.83/B.170-B.181  [n.d.]

With the exception of CSAC94.5.83/B.170-CSAC94.5.83/B.172 which were found among the loose papers, the material is a sequence of correspondence and papers covering 1962-69.
It concerns a project of collaborative research on possible carcinostatic and anti-leukaemia compounds, and includes preliminary discussions and agreements, arrangements for meetings, research results, etc. The material has been divided into smaller units for ease of reference but preserves the original chronological order.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.170  1959

'Scheme for entry into a field of protective medicine'
Ms. and typescript versions, dated 7 May 1959, for research proposal on prophylactics, based on findings of Dr. Astrid Brohult and of work on 'Royal Jelly'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.171  1959

Proposal by Robinson for 'An Advisory Research Council' for Shell, 7 pp., sent with a covering letter to W.F. Mitchell, February 1959.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.172  1959, 1963

Typescript copy of telegram from A. Brohult on her research. Not dated, but May 1959 (see letter to Rothschild, 9 April 1963, in CSAC94.5.83/B.174).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.173  August-December 1962

Preliminary discussions re project and various possible collaborators; includes 6 pp. 'Statement of Conception' on 'Carcinostatic and Anti-Leukaemia Agents of Low Toxicity', by Robinson, 17 October, draft agreements and his comments on them, November.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.174  January-June 1963

Continuing arrangements for collaboration with CIBA. Includes a little correspondence re A. Brohult's research, report on visit to Istituto Farmacologico 'Mario Negri' Milan (by C.J.F. Böttcher), note by Robinson on 'Origin and Progress of a Project to find Carcinostatic Agents of Low Toxicity', March, research results.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.175  July-December 1963

Includes further drafts of agreement, research results, meetings.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.176  January-June 1964

Mainly re meetings, results, supplies, but includes research proposal from A. Brohult, April; statement of present state of project, by Robinson, April.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.177  July-December 1964

Includes further drafts of agreement, arrangements for meetings and research.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.178  January-December 1965

Research plans, drafts of agreement (finally executed May-June), and also correspondence re 'Podophyllum'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.179  January-December 1966

Mainly research results.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.180  January-November 1967

Research results, meetings.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.181  1968-69 (incomplete)


Drafts and notes.  CSAC94.5.83/B.182-B.193  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.182  November 1939.

Results of progesterone tests on rabbits, based on Robinson's research

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.183  n.d

'Synthesis of possible substitutes of Progesterone', by R.H. Jaeger and Robinson.
7 pp. typescript and ms. draft for paper, n.d., latest reference 1943. No paper of this title appears in the Bibliography.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.184  1940,1943,1945

'Synthesis of possible substitutes for Progesterone and Corticosterone', by R.H. Jaeger and Robinson.
11 pp. typescript and ms. draft 'to report the result of investigations carried out between 1940 and 1943'. n.d., but reference is made to 'recent publications' dated 1945.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.185  n.d

'Experiments on the Synthesis of Substances related to the Sterols. The A - BCD Route. Part IV', by A.D. Kemp, A.R. Pinder, Sir Robert Robinson and E.B.J. Smith.
14 pp. typescript and ms. draft with 1p. additional ms., n.d.
Robinson published Part III of a series of papers with this title, in collaboration with Pinder, in J. Chem. Soc., 1952, but no Part IV is listed in the Bibliography.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.186  1951

'Experiments related to the total synthesis of cortisone', by C.A. Friedmann and Sir Robert Robinson.
3 pp. typescript and ms. draft
Included here are a letter, 20 July 1951, from C. Djerassi on similar work by his team, and by R.B Woodward and collaborators, on the total synthesis of cortisone, and a copy of the paper by Friedmann and Robinson 'Progress towards the production of cortisone by total synthesis' (Chemy Ind., September 1951) referring to Djerassi's letter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.187  1951-1954

'Intermediates for Projected Syntheses of Cortisone', by B. Bannister, R. Jaeger, R. Robinson, H. Smith and R.P.A. Sneedon.
Ms. and typescript drafts, none complete with full dated references. No paper of this title appears in the Bibliography.
The Foreword explains: 'The work described in this communication was carried out in 1951 and 1952 and started as a revision of experiments made by C.A. Friedmann and one of us (R.R.). This was found to have been incorrectly interpreted in some respects... Through the kindness of Dr. Melvin S. Newman we found that there had been a considerable duplication of research and it was agreed that our respective papers should be published simultaneously and in the same journal'.
A typescript of M.S. Newman's collaborative paper 'Intermediates for Steroid Syntheses', latest reference 1954, is included in the folder.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.188  n.d

Extensive typescript draft, pages numbered 35-84, for book or thesis, on synthesis of progesterone, no author or date, latest reference 1939.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.189  1932-1953

'Synthesis of biologically active steranes and of some analogous substances'
2 pp. (only) of account of work on steroids at Oxford, 1932-53.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.190  1955

Notes of 'Drugs used in the clinical treatment of malignant diseases, 1955'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.191-B.193  n.d

Three folders of loose pages of ms. notes, identified as relating to work on steroids, synthetic oestrogens and drug research by J.W. Cornforth and some bearing a note of topic or content supplied by him.

Reports and theses by others.  CSAC94.5.83/B.194-B.203  [n.d.]

Arrangement: In alphabetical order.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.194  1950-1951

Alexander, J.A. 'Some synthetic investigations in the Cortisone field'. (Dyson Perrins Laboratory thesis, 1952), and a 'Summary of work 1950-51'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.195  1950-1952

Bannister, B. Various reports on compounds, and on Miescher ketone, 1950, 1952. Includes a report on the Miescher ketone in collaboration with R.P.A. Sneedon.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.196  1938-1939

Burn, J.H. Correspondence and results of various tests of Robinson's compounds for oestrogenic and androgenic activity. Includes Robinson's table of structures of compounds.
Material runs October 1938- June 1939.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.197  1951

Friedmann, C.A. 'Experiments related to the Production of Cortisone', n.d., various reports on cortisone, January, February, October 1951, and on the Miescher ketone.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.198  1942-1943

Hudson, B.J.F. 'Experiments in the synthesis of substances related to the sterols', June 1942-February 1943, with accompanying letter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.199  1940

Hughes, G.K. On diethyl stilboestrol, 1940.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.200  1947-1955

Pope, G.S. Various reports on oestrogens, some with correspondence dated 1947-55. Includes a letter from E.C. Dodds.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.201  1953

Sharp, J. Various reports on Miescher's ketone, and on cortical hormone

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.202  April 1952

Related information: (see CSAC94.5.83/B.187 above)

Smith, H. 'Towards the synthesis of cortisone. Progress Report'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.203  n.d

Related information: (see B. 187 above).

Sneedon, R.P.A. Various reports, some related to Friedmann's work

THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY  CSAC94.5.83/B.204-B.211  [n.d.]

With the exception of CSAC94.5.83/B.204 these are all undated drafts for lectures or papers. Although Todd and Cornforth (Memoir, p.478) point out that Robinson 'made no further contributions to basic theory after 1932', he was clearly aware of the value of his and Lapworth's ideas (see especially CSAC94.5.83/B.208, CSAC94.5.83/B.210, and also CSAC94.5.83/D.33).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.204  n.d

'Polarisation of nitrosobenzene'. Offprint of published paper (Chemy Ind., 1925), with ms. note 'Please return to R.R.'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.205  n.d

Ms. notes for talk at Cambridge on polarity theory. Pages numbered 0, 1-7 (p.3 missing), p.1 has outline of talk, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.206  n.d

Ms. notes for talk on 'Polarity Theory as I understand it at the present time', n.d., similar to above.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.207  1920s

1p. only, typescript and ms. for slide lecture

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.208  1938

'The Development of Certain Electronic Theories in Organic Chemistry'
13 pp. typescript draft for paper, n.d., but vindicates Robinson's and Lapworth's ideas as having priority over those of C.K. Ingold, latest reference 1938 (see Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.466).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.209  n.d

'Atomic orientation and electron distribution'
5 pp. typescript and ms. draft, n.d., latest reference 1943.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.210  n.d

'Electronic Theory'
14 pp. ms. draft, n.d., but beginning 'I delivered numerous lectures on the application of the electronic theory of valency in organic chemistry about forty to forty-five years ago'. (Also refers to Ingold's work, and questions of priority.)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.211  n.d

16 pp. typescript and ms. draft of same lecture, with some ms. additions.
Folder also includes 6 pp. note on spectroscopic techniques, requested by Robinson and kept with above.


[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.212  n.d

Shorter notes on various substances, identified by J.W. Cornforth, as follows
Acid strengths (on Royal Society letter paper)
Benzene substitution (perhaps 1920s)
Enzyme mechanism
Glycosides similar to the principle of mustard
Porphyrin (perhaps 1920s)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.213  n.d

Ms. notes, some related to analysis of copper. Possibly from very early period of work in W.H. Perkin's laboratory.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.214  n.d

Ms. notes, some dated 1920. Includes experimental results, arrangements for discussions or meetings, assignment of research tasks, comments on work by another, etc.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.215  c1930s, 1940

Similar material, 1930s, 1940s
Includes notes for projects and research plans, some with names of collaborators.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.216  1930s; 1940s

Notes on research and ideas, taken for meetings or as a result of discussions, 1930s, 1940s.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.217  n.d

Notes on various wartime projects, mainly drugs and other medical research, but including explosives.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.218  1940, 42, 51

Miscellaneous notes on research and meetings.
1p. annotated agenda for 'Research Conference', March 1940
List of topics for lectures 'Thursdays Hilary Term 1942'
1p. notes of committee meeting; on synthetic rubber, December 1951
1p. ms. notes to 'Suggest assistant for antimalarials'
1p. notes on research projects
1p. notes re Home Office Tribunal (on aliens)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.219  15 November 1938

Miscellaneous ms. notes.
3 pp. notes on work of Cardwell, Hudson and others
5 pp. notes, probably re work on oestrogens with Dodds
1p. comment on book or paper by colleague
1p. (only) on methods of research funding
1p. (only) similar material

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.220  c.1950

Miscellaneous ms. notes.
1p. mnemonic for naming hexoses
Notes on industrial chemistry, perhaps for lecture
1p. notes by J.W. Cornforth
1p. notes from F. Sondheimer

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.221  n.d

Miscellaneous ms. notes.
Graph of 'Age of Presidents of R.S. at time of taking office' (from 1662 to 1960)
'An antibiotic from Spiraea Aruncus L'. 2 pp. typescript draft of paper by E.P. Abraham, N.G. Heatley, R. Holt, E.M. Osborn, n.d., c.1943, inscribed 'Nature in press'. On p.1 Robinson has written 'See back of last page', and has there outlined the chemical structure of the compound.

Sequences of ms. notes and notebooks, on research, conferences and meetings.  CSAC94.5.83/B.222-B.233  [n.d.]

Many of these are on American paper sizes and were almost certainly made during visits to U.S.A. to various Shell Company laboratories. Unlike the similar material at CSAC94.5.83/B.153-CSAC94.5.83/B. 169 they lack dates or definite identifications and are therefore placed separately here.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.222  c1963

5 bundles, one with dates 'Sept. 8', one referring to work of A. van Linden and c.1963.
All small format.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.223  n.d

5 bundles, larger format.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.224  n.d

5 bundles of notes, usually paginated and with some indication of origin, e.g. 'Th. afternoon', 'Friday morning'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.225  n.d

5 bundles, on miscellaneous personal memoranda sheets.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.226  n.d

Related information: (see CSAC94.5.83/B.135).

Loose pages, apparently of notes exchanged during meetings or lectures, of matters of interest. One refers to Robinson's projected book in collaboration with P.C. Sylvester-Bradley

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.227  1966

Spiral-bound 'Royal notebook'.
Miscellaneous material, latest reference 1966.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.228  1969

Red soft-backed notebook, both ends and middle pages used. Includes notes on Russian scientists, and also on age of earth and on petroleum. 1p. dated July30/1969.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.229  n.d

Spiral-bound 'Memo book', n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.230  n.d

Small blue soft-backed 'Paragon' notebook.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.231  n.d

'Conference notebook'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B 232  n.d

Spiral-bound 'Steno book' of notes at conference.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.233  n.d

Brown exercise book, almost all pages torn out.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.234  n.d

Miscellaneous analyses of compounds, and results, some in the hand of F. Hall (steward of Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford). Various periods.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.235  n.d

Miscellaneous notes by Robinson on writing-paper of Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford. (Various dates and paper-sizes.)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.236  n.d

Three samples of Robinson's re-drafting and editing of colleagues' work, 1p., 1p., and pps. 11-21 of a draft.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.237  n.d

Two bundles of notes, kept as specimens of collaborative work, including notes on the literature, experiments and results, in several hands including Robinson's.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.238  n.d

Samples of late notes made by Robinson (in thick felt-pen when his eyesight was failing).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.239  n.d

Notes by Robinson and others on natural colourings, hardwoods, plant classification, etc. Perhaps 1930s.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.240  n.d

Notes on preparations, some ms. by Robinson, with some annotation by him, or request to have material returned to him.
Miscellaneous bibliographical references.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.241  n.d

Unidentified ms. notes.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.242  c1955-1956

Specimens of analyses run on an infrared spectrometer at Oxford, c.1955-56.
Includes work on Akuammine by K. Aghoramurthy (1955), miscellaneous compounds by F. Eastwood (1955), miscellaneous compounds by A.R. Todd (referring to work done in 1930s and run on spectrometer 1956).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.243  c1960

Miscellaneous later ms. notes, probably 1960s.
Includes 4 pp. notes, January-March 1961, on visits to other laboratories and research results, and miscellaneous notes on own reading.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.244  1926-1930

Dark red spring-back binder of preparations.
Pages numbered 1-192, index at front numbered i-vii.
The work is type-up, with an occasional ms. note. Some of the preparations are from the literature, others have dates, names and laboratory. The dates run 1926-30.

Notes on mathematics.  CSAC94.5.83/B.245-B.248  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.245  n.d

Folder of cards of 'Trigonometrical Formulae'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.246  n.d

9 pp. ms. notes on 'Harmonic Section etc.' and 1p. loose notes.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.247  c1954

Notebook of graph paper, few pages used. Includes graphs and notes on weight reduction, c.1954.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.248  n.d

Black loose-leaf notebook, on miscellaneous mathematical problems and chemical bonding.

THESES AND REPORTS  CSAC94.5.83/B.249-B.349  [n.d.]

B.249-B.341 Signed reports on theses sent to Robinson. In alphabetical order, by author.
B 342-B.348 Unsigned or unidentified reports. In alphabetical order, by subject.
B.349 Lists of theses and research students at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory.

Signed reports or theses sent to Robinson. In alphabetical order.  CSAC94.5.83/B.249-B.341  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.249  1960s

Aghoramurthy, K.
Miscellaneous reports, mainly

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.250  n.d

Ainley, A. D.
'Preparation of Dibromaleic Acid'. Two versions of report, one with notes and corrections by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.251  n.d

Armstrong, K. F.
'Preparation of Methyl Glyoxal'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.252  n.d

Ashton, R.
'Quindoline Derivatives'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.253  n.d

'Electron Drift Phenomena'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.254  n.d

Baker, W.
'Methylene Sulphate', and a report on oxazolone derivatives with a ms. note 'Not previously published as CPS report'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.255  n.d

Baltazzi, E.
'Unsaturated Azlactones'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.256  1931

Barent, M.
'Nitration of Phenylethyl-piperidine'. Includes correspondence, February-April 1931, on this and on antimalarial work.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.257  n.d

Baudisch, O.
'Preparation of Nitrosophenol'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.258  1943

Beattie, G. F.
'Report to 4 Sept. 1943', with accompanying letter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.259  1936

Bedford, J. G.
'Work done to March 1936'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.260  1946-1948

Beer, C. T.
Various reports, and thesis on [BETA]-methoxynaphthalene and [BETA]-tetralone with a ms. note by Robinson 'Unique M.S. Please consult only at Egham Lab. and return to RR'. 1946-48.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.261  1947-1959

Bentley, K. W.
Various reports and drafts, mainly on thebaine, 1947, c.1952, and a little scientific and personal correspondence, 1956, 1959.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.262  n.d

Blount, B. K.
'Preparation of Methyltropinone'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.263  1929

Bottomley, A. C.
Various reports and drafts, on aromadendrin and coumarin compounds, with a little correspondence, 1929, and a few ms. notes and comments by Robinson.

Bradley, W.  CSAC94.5.83/B.264, B.265  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.264  1932, 1933

Various reports, mainly on benzoic acids, some with covering letters, 1932, 1933, one with a ms. note by Robinson 'Tetranitromethane colorations'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.265  n.d

Various reports on molecular volume, one with a (late) ms. note by Robinson 'This may be W. Bradley on Mol. Vol. 1922', and another inscribed by Robinson 'Essay by W. Bradley when at Manchester Univ.'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.266  n.d

Burn, J. H.
'Action of 6-methyl adrenaline'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.267  1925-1926

Cahn, R. S.
'Unpublished work June 1925-July 1926 Manchester'. Extensive series of experiments and results.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.268  1952

Coker, G. G.
Various reports, on methyl carbolines, with a few ms. notes by Robinson, and an accompanying letter

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.269  1955

Cooke, J.
Correspondence only, to accompany research report on naphthalenes

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.270  n.d

Copisarow, M.
'Fungicidal constituent of bracken' (latest reference 1943).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.271  c.1943

Cornforth, J. W. and Cornforth, R. H.
Various ms. reports, and typescript text of paper at colloquium on 'Some modern oxidising agents'
Also included here is a 1p. note by M.J.S. Dewar on 'New compounds analysed but not reported'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.272  1949-1950

Culvenor, C. C. J.
'The chemistry of quinamine'. Drafts, preliminary reports, graphs, etc. and thesis, c.1949-50, with some corrections and revisions by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.273  n.d

Dauben, W. G.
'Reduction of Cholestenone Acetate'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.274  1946

Davey, D. G.
Paludrine, 1946.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.275  1947

Dewar, M. J. S.
Reports on antimalarials, and on penicillin, both 1947.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.276  1945

Dubos, R. J.
Tubercle Bacilli, 1945.

Duff, S. R.  CSAC94.5.83/B.277, B.278  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.277  n.d

Various reports on ergosterol esters.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.278  n.d

Ms. and typescript drafts for paper 'The molecular structure of barbaloin' by Duff and Robinson, with correspondence, January-March 1956, on this and other research projects.
A 3 pp. ms. note in another hand is also included here, but much earlier.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.279  1951

Finch, C. A.
'Chemistry of pyridine oxide'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.280  c.1961

Franck, B. et al.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.281  n.d

Freak, R. H.
pp. 16-32 of a paper, mainly on leucine (Robinson published a paper in collaboration with Freak in 1938).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.282  n.d

Friedmann, C. A.
Various reports.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.283  n.d

Gaind, K. N.
Preparations and experiments based on work by Gaind, with special reference to anaesthetic properties of preparations. Pages numbered a-r.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.284  n.d

Ge, J.
On therapeutic effect of a compound, 1966 (perhaps for collaborative work with CIBA).

Goldsworthy, L. J.  CSAC94.5.83/B.285, B.286  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.285  n.d

Extensive ms. and typescript notes and drafts on polypeptides, mainly in numbered section 1-9, with some loose pages and also comments and notes by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.286  n.d

Typed and ms. sections of work (Parts 1, 3, 4, 5 and unnumbered) on synthesis of peptides (related to above).
Both these are in the original folders.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.287  'June 1941'; n.d

Harradence, R.
'Methods for the production of indole and skatole', 8 pp. only of part of thesis or paper, with a few ms. notes by Robinson and a date

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.288  1936

Hays, J. T.
'Ethylene sulphide and related compounds'. Ms. and typescript drafts for report to I.C.I. Dyestuffs Group (q.v.). The ms. draft is almost entirely in Robinson's hand.
Also included here is a copy of Hays's thesis on similar subject, with corrections and revisions by Robinson, n.d., c.1936, and 1p. only of a thesis by J.R. Hawthorne on cyclopentenophenanthrene

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.289  Jan. 1945-August 1946'

Huang, H. T.
'Report of experimental work

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.290  1944

Huang, R. L.
Various reports, mainly on stilboestrol, and an accompanying letter

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.291  n.d

Hudson, B. J. F
Various reports on the 'morphine-thebaine series' and 'The partial synthesis of progesterone'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.292  n.d

Various reports.

Iyer, V. V. S.  CSAC94.5.83/B.293-B.297  [n.d.]

Various notebooks or pages from notebooks. Robinson published a collaborative paper with Iyer in 1934 (see Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.513, Bibliog. no. 363), but see CSAC94.5.83/B.297.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.293  n.d

Black hard-cover notebook of notes on the literature, references, experiments on preparation of various compounds, latest reference 1931.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.294  1932

Loose pages, torn from a notebook, with name 'Iyer' in Robinson's hand, of experiments numbered 14-80, dates 25 February to 3 August 1932.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.295  1932

Similar loose pages, inscribed in Robinson's hand, 'Iyer. Please keep this all together', of experiments numbered 87-123 (not in order), dates June-November 1932.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.296  n.d

Small hard-cover notebook of 'Combustions'. Pages numbered 1-22, p.22 inscribed 'Iyer' in Robinson's hand.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.297  1946

Small hard-cover notebook, dated 'February 1946' of miscellaneous content including notes on the literature, lists of compounds and apparatus, notes of structures, research ideas, etc., in several hands including Robinson's. The book was received open at a page inscribed 'Iyer' in Robinson's hand.
All these items were crammed into a folder labelled 'Iyer', which is retained to contain CSAC94.5.83/B.294, CSAC94.5.83/B.295.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.298  1968

Jaeger, R. H.
Reports on Miescher ketone (n.d., c.1950-53), and long-chain ketones, 1968.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.299  n.d

Jansen, A. B. A.
Report on Thiazolidines.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.300  n.d

Jenkins, G.
On alanine polymer, with ms. annotations by Robinson. n.d., c.1934

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.301  1955

Jennings, K. F.
Correspondence, 1955, re thesis and thanking Robinson for guidance.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.302  1953

Jolles, Z. E.
On melanines, 1953.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.303  1946-1947

Jones, G. A.
On the structure of citranin, with a little correspondence, 1946-47.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.304  c.1955

Katritsky, A. R.
'The aromatic sextet'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.305  n.d

Kaufman, K. D.
'Synthesis of analogues of psoralene'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.306  1932; 1935

King, F. E.
Two reports on 'Experiments on the Synthesis of Physostigmine (Eserine)', one inscribed 'Part XII'. Robinson published a series of collaborative papers under this title with King in J. Chem. Soc. from 1932. Part XI appeared in 1935, but no Part XII is listed in the Bibliography.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.307  n.d

Laakso, P. V.
'Synthetical Studies in the Alicyclic Group'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.308  1952

Lamchen, M.
Drafts, reports, experimental results, and a little correspondence, 1952.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.309  1945

McOmie, J. F. W.
'Protection of active groups', and a report on various compounds, September 1945.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.310  1923

Malan, J.
'Report of work... at Manchester University... 26 April-1 October 1923', and drafts for paper on 'Some Derivatives of Pseudo-Pelletierine', heavily revised by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.311  1944-45

Mancera, O.
'Glyoxalones' and other reports

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.312  n.d

Martin, R. H.
'The Helicenes', 1973, with some ms. notes (not in Robinson's hand).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.313  1935

Medawar, P. B.
'A factor inhibiting the growth of mesenchyme'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.314  1939

Meggy, A. B.
Various ms. and typescript drafts, reports and thesis (on 'The synthesis of polycyclic substances related to the sterols, bile acids, and sex hormones'), with some revisions by Robinson. Includes a letter from Meggy, undated but 1939 (refers to Robinson's knighthood).

Mirza, R.  CSAC94.5.83/B.315, B.316  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.315  1951, 1953

Various reports and drafts, including preparatory drafts for collaborative papers with Robinson (Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.521, Bibliog. nos. 582, 583), and a little correspondence, 1951, 1953.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.316  1951

Thesis on 'Reduction of heterocyclic compounds'

Morsingh, F.  CSAC94.5.83/B.317, B.318  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.317  1963

Various drafts, apparently intended as chapters for a book, on flavonoids (paginated 1-61) and on rotenoids (paginated 141-184) with a covering letter
Also included here is an (incomplete) draft for a collaborative paper with Robinson on 'The synthesis of brazilin and haematoxylin' (not identical with the paper listed in Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.526, Bibliog. no. 710).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.318  1955

Thesis on 'Experiments on the synthesis of TrimethyIbrazilin'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.319  n.d

Neelakantam, K. and Seshadri, T. R.
'Constitution of herbacitrin ...', n.d., c.1935.

Pinder, A. R.  CSAC94.5.83/B.320, B.321  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.320  1947-1950

Various progress reports on ketones and sterols, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1948-50

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.321  1950

Thesis on Methylcyclohexanones, and Dioscorine

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.322  n.d

Porter, J. C.
'Attempts to find a new process for the production of flavanthrone'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.323  n.d

Potts, K. T.
Report on triazoles, n.d., and thesis on 'Studies in the Indole Group of the Alkaloids', 1954 (last section very heavily revised and edited by Robinson), and an undated letter to accompany a preparation.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.324  n.d

Report on various compounds, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.325  1932

Resuggan, J.
'Preparation of Synthetic Malvin Chloride', c.1932. Resuggan was 'Robinson's extremely able technical assistant' (see Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.424).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.326  c.1934

Reynolds, T. M.
Results of analyses, mainly of alkaloids

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.327  1944-45

Seijo, E.
Report on corticosterone compounds

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.328  c.1940

Simons, J. H.
'Potential use of hydrogen fluoride in organic chemical processes'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.329  n.d

Smith, H.
Report on preparation of a compound 'by the method recommended by C.A. Friedmann'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.330  n.d

Sprinson, D. B.
Report on biosynthesis of shikimic acid, with an accompanying letter correcting earlier reported results.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.331  1967

Subba Rao, G. S. R.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.332  n.d

Sugasawa, S.
Various reports and preparations.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.333  n.d

Todd, A. R.
Analyses of asperubin and auroglaucin specimens.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.334  1950

Vandrewala, H. P.
Thesis on 'Derivatives of heterocyclic compounds', (very heavily corrected by Robinson).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.335  c.1930

Waldron, E.
Experimental results on aminopiperonal and pseudopelletierine

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.336  n.d

Waley, S. G.
Various reports, one dated 1944.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.337  1948

Waters, W. A.
'Oxidation mechanisms in relation to carcinogenetic activity'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.338  1955

Weisner, K.
On thiamine pyrophosphate

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.339  1962

Wilke, G.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.340  n.d

Wilson, J. P.
Various analyses

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.341  n.d

Ziegler, K. 1p. only.

Unsigned or unidentified reports. In alphabetical order by subject.  CSAC94.5.83/B.342-B.348  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.342  n.d


[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.343  n.d

B - C. Includes account of work on carcinogenic hydrocarbons, initiated at Oxford in 1944 at Robinson's suggestion and supported in part from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society. No author or date, paginated 2-17 + 6 Tables.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.344  n.d

D - F. Includes a report on flavones, paginated 2-5, with annotations by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.345  n.d

G - K.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.346  n.d

N - R.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.347  n.d

S - V.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.348  n.d


[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/B.349  n.d

Lists of theses, research students, supervisors, etc. at Dyson Perrins Laboratory (few years only).


Related information: For lectures on the origins of petroleum, see CSAC94.5.83/B 95 - CSAC94.5.83/B.98.

CSAC94.5.83/C.1 - CSAC94.5.83/C.24 LECTURES AND PAPERS
CSAC94.5.83/C.25-CSAC94.5.83/C.38 BOOKS
Most of the material in this Section is unpublished or not listed in the Bibliography of the Memoir. In particular the material in CSAC94.5.83/C.25 - CSAC94.5.83/C.38 'Books' is almost entirely drafts and notes for projected publications on which Robinson was engaged in his last years. Very few items are dated.

LECTURES AND PAPERS  CSAC94.5.83/C.1-C.24  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.1  n.d

'Structural relations of natural products'
10 pp. typescript and ms. draft of a slide lecture, to be delivered in French (incomplete)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.2  1921

Abstract of Robinson's paper 'The Genesis of Plant Pigments and Related Substances', given at British Association meeting, Edinburgh

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.3  1923

3 pp. 'Introductory remarks' with ms. note 'Sugar'. n.d. but refers to work of St. Andrews Chemical School, latest reference

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.4  1929

Notice of meeting of Cambridge University Chemical Club, November 1929, when Robinson spoke on 'Some Aspects of the Theory of Aromatic Substitution'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.5  n.d., c.1930

'Second Lecture'
2 pp. only, on polarity

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.6  n.d

'Note on the Reaction of Methoxybutyric Acid and Thionyl Chloride', by Robinson and R.E. Pflaumer.
1p., n.d., but sent from Dyson Perrins Laboratory.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.7  n.d

'Lecture on blood pigments'
8 pp. typescript and ms. draft

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.8  October 1939

Press-cutting of comments on possible 'Ministry of Science', by Robinson and other scientists

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.9  1939-1940

3 pp. ms. notes for a slide lecture, perhaps on biosynthesis. n.d., but refers to work by D.D. Woods on PAB (p-aminobenzoic acid), which was carried out in December 1939 and first reported in February 1940.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.10  n.d

'Chemistry of Penicillin'
10 pp. typescript and ms. draft for a slide lecture. n.d. Also included is p. 1 only of a French translation of the lecture, and two shorter fragments of other lectures on penicillin.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.11  n.d

'The Action of Aniline on [BETA]-Dichlorodiethyl Sulphide', by A.F. Childs, S.G.P. Plant and Robinson.
7 pp. typescript and ms. draft, n.d., latest reference 1944.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.12  1950

'The distribution of anthocyanins. Lecture delivered in Calcutta in Jan. 1950 to the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science'.
27 pp. typescript draft, dated on last page 7 February 1950.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.13  1955

'Address to the Rotary Club, Bristol'
2 pp. typescript (on nuclear power stations), September 1955.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.14  1957

'Adamantane and Analogues'
6 pp. typescript, September 1957.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.15  1960-1962

'Milestones in the Progress of Chemistry'
Ms. draft, and 17 pp. typescript version of an article, originally commissioned as preface to the volume on chemistry of an 'Encyclopedia-Anthology of the Nobel Prize and its recipients'.
The work was commissioned in February 1960 and the manuscript sent in July. Correspondence continues to July 1962, by which time it had still not appeared.
Folder includes editorial correspondence, 1960-62, and another article 'The Chemistry Prize for 1947', 25 pp. typescript, perhaps intended for the same publication.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.16  February 1962

'Syntheses of Analogues of Pyrethrins as Potential Insecticides'
2 pp. typescript

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.17  1963'

'Science and the New Politics'
8 pp. typescript draft with ms. note 'Published in New Scientist

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.18  n.d

'Automation in the Chemical Laboratory'
3 pp. typescript and ms. draft for 'Foreword' to (unidentified) book

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.19  n.d

'Electrical Effects in Molecules of Carbon Compounds'
Two versions, typescript and ms., 4 pp. and 5 pp.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.20  n.d

Typescript and ms. draft for paper. Pp.2-4 only, 1960s.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.21  1965

'The Quiet Revolution in the Experimental Study of Molecular Structure'
6 pp. typescript and ms. draft

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.22  1968

Related information: See also CSAC94.5.83/B.121.

Heavily-corrected notes and drafts for paper on 'Biogenesis of 15-Nonacosanone in Brassica oleracae' in collaboration with P.E. Kolattukudy and R.H. Jaeger

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.23  n.d

Notes and diagrams for a slide lecture on natural colourings.
pp.4-14 only

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.24  February 1971

Photocopy of letter to New Scientist, on lead pollution

BOOKS  CSAC94.5.83/C.25-C.38  [n.d.]

'Essays in Organic Chemistry (I)'  CSAC94.5.83/C.25-C.29  [n.d.]

Drafts of chapters for a proposed book, all typescript, intended order not known.
No date, but before knighthood in 1939.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.25  n.d

19 pp.

Preface, and Chapter I 'The History of Electronic Theories of Organic Reactions

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.26  n.d

14 pp.

'Molecular Architecture of Plant Products'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.27  n.d

27 pp.

'Brazilin and Haematoxylin'

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.28  n.d

'Haemoglobin, Bilirubin and Chlorophyll', 1p. only.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.29  n.d

'The Molecular Structures of Morphine, Thebaine and Sinomenine', 21 pp. (incomplete).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.30  n.d

'Summary of Titherley's laboratory course of organic chemistry. Including Qualitative Organic Analysis. Liverpool 1906'
60 pp. typescript draft, including Preface and List of Contents.
No author or date, but type-face and style are similar to Robinson's in CSAC94.5.83/C.25-CSAC94.5.83/C.29 above.

Drafts for proposed book on chemistry, for children, c.1970.  CSAC94.5.83/C.31-C.38  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.31  1970

Correspondence re book, with prospective publisher, and with Sir Geoffrey Taylor (re Archimedes' principle), 1970.
This correspondence explains the joint authorship of the book (with Lady (Stearn) Robinson), the age-group envisaged (8-11 years) and the range of the subject-matter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.32  n.d

Chapter-headings, as follows
I States of Matter - Solids, liquids and gases
IA Energy
IB Mass weight, gravitation. The solar system
IC The Universe
II Atoms and Molecules
III Nature of Heat and Cold
IV Pressure, Boyle's Law, Principle of Archimedes
V The Atmosphere - A Mixture of gases
Heat Rays - Heating by Radiators
VI The sea, water, salt and related topics
VII The Electron - electricity and magnetism
VIII Sources of Energy
IX Machines
X Sound
XI Light, the Spectrum
XII Radioactivity - Energy set free ...
Drafts for only the first six of these chapters survive, with extensive ms. corrections and revisions.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.33  n.d

Ms. and typescript drafts for Chapters I, IA, IB.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.34  n.d

Ms. and typescript drafts for Chapter II.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.35  n.d

Ms. and typescript drafts and revisions for Chapter III.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.36  n.d

Ms. and typescript drafts for Chapter IV, including an additional section on 'Measures of Heat'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.37  n.d

Ms. and typescript drafts for Chapter V.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/C.38  n.d

Ms. and typescript drafts for Chapter VI.

SECTION D CORRESPONDENCE  CSAC94.5.83/D.1 - D.72  [n.d.]

The correspondence is presented as an alphabetical sequence, dated and with a brief note of any content of personal or scientific interest.
Most of the letters are in-coming only, sometimes with a ms. note from Robinson 'Desk' or 'Right-hand drawer', and very occasionally a draft reply. Regrettably, too, most date from the later part of his career, though the letters from A. Lapworth, 1921-22 at CSAC94.5.83/D.38 - CSAC94.5.83/D.43, usefully document Robinson's and Lapworth's thinking on theoretical chemistry.
Many of the letters received from colleagues, 1973-74, were in reply to Robinson's requests for information for his memoirs, and include or accompany biographical sketches and recollections.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.1  1952, 1953, 1973

Abraham, E. P. 1973
Re Robinson's memoirs.
Achmatowicz, O. 1973
Re Robinson's memoirs.
Anderson, H. J. 1953
Includes report on miscellaneous work, 1952-53.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.2  1955, 57, 1960

Anet, F. A. L. 1955
Robinson's ms. reply is on verso.
Appleton, E. V. 1960
Arndt, F. 1957

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.3  1939; 1946-1970, nd

Related information: See CSAC94.5.83/B.18-CSAC94.5.83/B.23.)

Badash, L. 1970
Robinson's carbon only, on Rutherford.
Boddeley, G. 1953
Enclosing article on hydride ion, for approval.
Baker, W. 1946 and n.d.
1946 letter is on penicillin work.
Barger, F. 1939
(Widow of G. Barger, re his research.
Bates, G. H. 1950
On chemistry of flower colours.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.4  1957-65

Battersby, A. R.
Mainly scientific correspondence but includes some biographical information sent for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.5  1973

Bawn, C. E. H.
Recollections for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.6  1970-71

Beecham Research Laboratories
Robinson's carbons only, re meetings of Consultants Committee.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.7  1948, 1953, 1973

Berenblum, I. 1973
Robinson's carbon only.
Bhatnagar, S. S. 1953
Includes a research paper.
Bijvoet, J. M. 1948

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.8  1949-70

Birch, A. J.
Mainly on scientific research but includes biographical material and recollection of work on 'Metal-ammonia reductions and 19-norsteroids', 1941-42, and Robinson's appreciation of Birch's work for inclusion in his memoirs, 1970.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.9  1940-41; 1948

Birch, H. F.
On Cacao-purple.
Birch, S. F.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.10  1937, 1953, 1972

Blount, B. K.
Includes reports on cevine (1937), taxine (1953), and recollections of expeditions in the Alps for Robinson's memoirs (1972).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.11  1962; 1946; 1955

Bobbitt, J. M.
Boots Pure Drug Company Limited
Boscott, R. J.
On ajmaline.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.12  1938; n.d; 1973; 1949

Bose, P. K.
Bottomley, A. C.
Bourne, E. J.
Biographical material for Robinson's memoirs.
Buist, C.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.13  1953, 1959

Cahn, R. S.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.14  1949-55

Cardwell, H. M. E.
Correspondence and research reports.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.15  1964

Re Carr, F. H.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.16  1973-74

Chain, E. B.
Biographical material for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.17  1972, 1974

Chakravarti, R. N.
Mainly re Robinson's memoirs, with special reference to work on strychnine.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.18  1938, and n.d

Cook, J. W.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.19  1947-49, 1952-53, 1970

Cornforth, J. W.
Earlier correspondence is on research problems (a few letters are incomplete). 1970 correspondence is material for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.20  1950

Dauben, W. G.
Dewar, M. J. S. n.d.
Biographical material for Robinson's memoirs.
Diaper, D. G. M. n.d.

Dodds, E. C.  CSAC94.5.83/D.21, D.22  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.21  1949-52

Correspondence and reports on research on oestrogen, cortisone, etc.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.22  1972

Correspondence re Robinson's memoirs. Includes 7 pp. typescript autobiographical account by Dodds of his career and colleagues (with ms. annotations by Robinson for his memoirs) and several letters paying tribute to the importance of his collaboration with Robinson in the synthesis of stilboestrol.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.23  1954; 1956

Duff, S. R.
Eastwood, F.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.24  1939 (incomplete), 1947, 1962-72

Erdtman, H. G. H.
Personal and scientific correspondence.
See CSAC94.5.83/A.63 for an appreciation by Erdtman of Robinson's work on the structure of the alkaloids, given on the award of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 1947.
Later correspondence includes 5 pp. typescript account by Erdtman of his career, for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.25  1930; 1953; 1962

Fischer, H.
On porphyrin.
Forbes, E. J.
Freudenberg, K.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.26  1934; 1972; 1932; 1953

Goldsworthy, L. J.
Griffin, R. G.
Guggenheim, M.
Gunstone, F. W.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.27  1946, 1962, nd

Hakim, S. A. E. n.d.
Miscellaneous material on Indian medicinal plants.
Haworth, R. D. 1946
One letter has Robinson's reply on verso.
Hayashi, K. 1962

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.28  1934, 1939, 1954

Hergert, H. L. 1954
Re Heilbron, I. M.
Draft for note on Heilbron to be included in Robinson's memoirs.
Hill, E. 1939
Hills, G. M. 1934

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.29  1969-73

Hirst, E. L.
Biographical material and recollections for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.30  1972

Hodgkin, D. C.
Biographical material for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.31  1951; 1961; 1938

Holtermann, H.
Hume, C. W.
Hunter, R. F.
On Penicillium Scelerotiorum.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.32  1973

Ing, H. R.
Biographical recollections of research career and colleagues for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.33  1925-26

Ingold, C. K.
Correspondence on research and publications, with special reference to electronic theory of organic chemistry. Includes letters from J. Thorpe re Robinson's and Ingold's rival theories. (See Todd and Cornforth, Memoir, p.465, and CSAC94.5.83/B.204-CSAC94.5.83/B.211.)
Some of the letters have typescript copies, probably made for work on memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.34  1954; 1963

Janot, M. M.
Jansen, A. B. A.
Includes draft for collaborative paper.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.35  1950-1954

Kainer, H. 1954
Includes research report.
Karrer, P. 1950, 1952
Re Kenner, G. W. and Kenner, J.
Biographical material for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.36  1949, 1952, 1974

King, F. E. 1974
Biographical material for Robinson's memoirs.
King, H. 1952
Kirby, K. S. 1949
On quinamine.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.37  1970

Korte, F.
Invitation to Robinson to join Editorial Board of new book series on 'Environmental Quality and Safety'.

Lapworth, A.  CSAC94.5.83/D.38-D.43  1917-32

The correspondence is concerned mainly with theoretical chemistry; with the exception of one letter in CSAC94.5.83/D.38, all the letters are from Lapworth to Robinson, hand-written in ink or pencil and sometimes accompanied by one or more typed transcripts

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.38  January-February 1919

Includes the only letter from Robinson (15 February), Lapworth's letters of 21 and 26 February (in pencil) each have two typed transcripts.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.39  March, September 1919

Letters 3, 17 and 20 March, and 27 September, all with two typed transcripts.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.40  1921

One letter only, 30 December, followed by 7 pp. typescript 'Notes set down by A. Lapworth on Dec.31, 1921, after receipt of letter from Prof. R. Robinson dated Dec.26, 1921'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.41  January 1922

4 ms. letters.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.42  February-March 1922

And an undated letter.
November 1932, to Mrs. Robinson after a visit to Oxford.
Miscellaneous notes and drafts by Robinson, kept with the correspondence and contemporary with it.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.43  1960

Later notes and diagrams by Robinson, 1960s or later, variously paginated, and some pages headed 'Lapworth'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.44  1931

Lowry, T. M.
On electronic theory.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.45  1946-1962

Martin, R. H. 1962
Matthews, M. A. 1961
Medawar, P. B. 1946
(Addressed to Lady Robinson).
Meduna, L. J. 1957
Pp.4 and 5 of letter only.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.46  1950-1968

Miescher, K. 1950
Miller, F. M. 1951
Millson, M. J. 1952
On akuammine.
Mitchell, W. F. 1968

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.47  1938-1975

Morf, R. 1975
Biographical material.
Morgan, E. D. 1965, 1966
Notes on meetings and symposia.
Narasimhan, N. S. 1954
Newman, M. S. 1938

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.48  1945-53

Openshaw, H. T.
Correspondence and research notes on alkaloids.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.49  1961; 1928

Orville-Thomas, W. J.
Oxford, A. E.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.50  1948; 1945

Pailer, M.
Parkes, G. D.
Includes research notes on T.N.T.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.51  1961, 1968, 1970

Pergamon Press Limited
Correspondence re various publishing projects.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.52  1962

Peters, R. A.

Pinder, A. R.  CSAC94.5.83/D.53, D.54  1958-71

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.53  1958-61

Correspondence and papers, mainly on dioscorine, and including a ms. note by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.54  1968-71

Correspondence and drafts, mainly for projected books for Pergamon Press

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.55  1949-50

Prelog, V.
Mainly on strychnine; includes draft for proposed collaborative article on structure of strychnine by Prelog, Robinson and Woodward.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.56  1945-1970

Rawlings, M. 1970
Raymond-Hamet, D. 1953
On alkaloids.
Read, J. 1949, 1959
Reid, A. F. 1945
On tritium.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.57  1939-40; n.d

Resuggan, J. C. L.
Correspondence and research reports.
Robertson, A.
pp. 3 and 4 only of letter.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.58  1936-1954

Robinson, G. M. 1950
Research report for publication.
Rogers, M. A. T. 1954
Roth, H. 1936

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.59  1936-1971

Schlittler, E. 1951, 1955
On alkaloids. 1955 letter is Robinson's carbon only.
Re Schöpf, C. 1971
Seshadri, T. R. 1938
Included here are 'Some notes on my colleagues and experience in Sir Robert Robinson's laboratory at Manchester University and U.C.L.' and 'Sir Robert Robinson's visits to India'; neither signed, but with ms. corrections probably in Seshadri's hand and sent for Robinson's memoirs.
Short, W. F. 1936

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.60  1950-52

Simonsen, J. L.
On alkaloids. Letter of 1950 is Robinson's ms.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.61  1944-1962

Simpson, J. C. E. 1944
Slater, S. N. n.d., and 1956
Smith, G. F. 1954, 1962

Smith, J. C.  CSAC94.5.83/D.62-D.65  1929-74

Administrative history:
Smith was one of Robinson's long-term collaborators, at London and later at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Oxford, where he became a Reader, and whose history he wrote (see CSAC94.5.83/A.7). Like the material in Section A, the correspondence was kindly made available for the present collection by Dr. Smith, who has added several ms. explanatory notes to the documents.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.62  1929-1948

1929. Research on strychnine.
1938. Biographical material on Robinson, sent to Polish Chemical Society.
1939, 1942, 1948. Mainly re lectures at Dyson Perrins Laboratory.
Robinson's letter, 1939, discusses his methods of lecturing.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.63  1955-60

Personal and scientific correspondence, including invitation to Robinson's marriage, 1957, reference to death of L.J. Goldsworthy, 1960, work on sterculic acid, 1958.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.64  1961

Re 'The Hydration of Stearolic Acid', paper by Smith and P.D. Thickbroom, dealing in part with earlier work by R.R. and G.M. Robinson (1926). Includes note on the subject supplied by Smith, December 1981.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.65  1973-74

Mainly re material for Robinson's memoirs. Robinson's letter of October 1974 includes his account of his interest in the mechanism of chemical reaction.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.66  1973

Stacey, M.
Includes material on the Birmingham Carbohydrate School sent for Robinson's memoirs.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.67  1950-1961

Szwarc, M. 1950
Teuber, H-J. 1957, 1961

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.68  1954-1966

Thomas, A. F. 1954
Includes research report.
Tilak, B. D. 1966
Toole, J. C. 1956
Tucker, S. H. 1960

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.69  1935-1959

Verkade, P. E. 1959
Vickers, E. J. 1935
Ward, S. J. 1940
Weir, J. n.d.
P.2 only, of results.
White, D. E. 1939
White, S. M. 1946

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.70  1919-1951

Wilds, A. L. 1951
Willens, J. 1942
Research results.
Willstätter, R. 1919
Research results on anthocyanidin (fragment only).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.71  1947, 1956-57, 1973

Woodward, R. B.
Material, 1956-57, is photocopied drafts and letters on alkaloid research. 1973 material is miscellaneous biographical information.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/D.72  n.d

First-name, illegible or unidentified signatures.

SECTION E NON-PRINT MATERIAL  CSAC94.5.83/E.1 - E.51  [n.d.]

CSAC94.5.83/E.5 -CSAC94.5.83/E.11 TAPE-RECORDINGS
CSAC94.5.83/E.12-CSAC94.5.83/E.51 PHOTOGRAPHS

GRAMOPHONE RECORDS  CSAC94.5.83/E.1-E.4  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.1-E.4  1942

Four records, provided by the London Transcription Service (British Broadcasting Corporation), of talks broadcast in 'Home News Talks' in 1942. The general title was 'Science lifts the veil', and Robinson's two talks were on 'Atoms and Molecules' and 'The Chemist as Architect and Builder'. The records are 78 rpm, and are numbered 69-72. The last record, no.70 (CSAC94.5.83/E.4 in this catalogue) has a pencilled note on the verso giving some details of the recordings, dated 17 February 1942.

TAPE-RECORDINGS  CSAC94.5.83/E.5-E.11  [n.d.]

Five tape-recordings of conversations between Robinson and four colleagues, made in 1974, as follows  CSAC94.5.83/E.5-E.10  [n.d.]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.5, E.6  1974

A.J. Birch

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.7  1974

A.C. Chibnall

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.8, E.9  1974

C. Djerassi

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.10  1974

D.C. Hodgkin

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.11  August 1975

Letter sent to Lady Robinson from the Shell Chemical Company, to accompany the recordings, which were copies made for her own use, the originals and the copyright being held by the Company.

PHOTOGRAPHS  CSAC94.5.83/E.12-E.51  [n.d.]

Source of acquisition: The family photographs at CSAC94.5.83/E.42-CSAC94.5.83/E.48 were added to the collection by Dr. Marion Way in 1983.

Administrative history:
Most of the photographs, whether of Robinson and his family, of of colleagues and collaborators, were assembled along with other background material for use in his autobiography, and some were used in the first and only published volume. Some of the photographs of early members of the Robinson family, their homes, factories, etc. have been made from paintings, cameos, newspapers or published sources.

Robinson and the Robinson family  [no ref. or date]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.12  n.d

Photographs of William Bradbury Robinson (Robinson's father), his first wife Elizabeth, his daughter Mary.
Photograph inscribed on verso 'Mandrell Lathe brought back from U.S.A. by W.B.R. in 1848 and is still in regular use. There cannot be much of the original lathe left'.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.13  n.d

Photographs of Robinson and brother Victor as children, with their parents.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.14  n.d

Photographs of other members of the Robinson family, and of places connected with them.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.15  n.d

Photographs of Robinson's sister Florence who served as Lord Mayor of Chesterfield, and Cicely, her Mayoress.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.16  1908

Photograph of Robinson and John Simonsen 'in camp near Howth', with a group of children, taken during British Association Meeting, Dublin, 1908.
Two copies, one used as a Christmas card and inscribed by Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.17  n.d

Portrait studies of Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.18  n.d

Photographs of Robinson at a meeting, with King George VI, and greeting Princess Elizabeth on her arrival at the Royal Society.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.19  n.d

Photograph of Robinson and officers of the Royal Society (by Lotte Meitner-Graf).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.20  1965

Photographs taken at Royal Society, December 1965, on presentation of diplomas of election to honorary membership, Academy of the Socialist Republic of Rumania.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.21  n.d

Photograph with new journal Tetrahedron and R. Maxwell.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.22  n.d

Photographs of Lady (Gertrude) Robinson, some with Robinson, in the laboratory and at home.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.23  n.d

Photographs of Marion Way (née Robinson), daughter of Gertrude and Robert Robinson.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.24  n.d

Photographs of Lady (Stearn) Robinson

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.25  n.d

Photographs of Robinson with colleagues, at Delhi (1950), Rehovot, Modesto.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.26  n.d

Envelope of proofs of photographs of members of the Robinson family, their homes and the Chesterfield works. These may have been intended for use in Robinson's autobiography, but do not appear in the published volume.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.27  n.d


Colleagues and collaborators  [no ref. or date]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.28  n.d

O. Achmatowicz
G. Barger
A.J. Birch
B.K. Blount
W. Bradley

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.29  n.d

R.N. Chakravarti
J.W. Cornforth
R.H. Cornforth

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.30  n.d

M.J.S. Dewar
H.B. Dixon
H.G.H. Erdtman
D. Ginsburg (with Robinson and another).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.31  n.d

G. de Hevesy
E.L. Hirst
W.N. Howarth
H.R. Ing

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.32  n.d

F.E. King
A. Lapworth

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.33  n.d

W.H. Perkin

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.34  n.d

F.L. Pyman

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.35  n.d

C. Schöpf
T.R. Seshadri
J.L. Simonsen

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.36  n.d

H.G. Smith (Sydney and New Zealand)
S. Sugasawa (with Robinson and others)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.37  n.d

J.F. Thorpe
A.R. Todd

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.38  n.d

C. Weizmann

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.39  n.d

A. Wilhelm (includes memorial address for Wilhelm, 1962)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.40  n.d

R. Wilstätter (and his family)

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.41  n.d

Envelope of negatives

Family photographs  [no ref. or date]

Source of acquisition: Received from Dr. Marion Way, 1983, and some annotated and identified by her.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.42  n.d

Photographs of Robinson, as a young child with his sister; in fancy dress; at Manchester, etc.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.43  n.d

In the laboratory.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.44  n.d

Homes and gardens.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.45  n.d

Mountains and chess.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.46  1939

With Lady (Gertrude) Robinson, at home and in the laboratory. Includes photograph after receiving knighthood, 1939.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.47  n.d

Miscellaneous photographs: with R. Wilstätter; with Gertrude Robinson and Dorothy Hodgkin; at Chesterfield during mayoralty of Florence Robinson, etc.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.48  1912-1914

Large format mounted photographs: with Gertrude Robinson and others, some in Sydney, 1912-14; group photograph of Chairman and Directors of Robinsons of Chesterfield, taken on retirement of V.O. Robinson, March 1962; portrait photograph of Robinson, etc.

Miscellaneous  [no ref. or date]

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.49  n.d

Photographs of laboratories (probably Manchester).

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.50  n.d

Photographs of scientific observations, n.d.

[no title]  CSAC94.5.83/E.51  n.d

'Penicillin, Past, Present and Future'
British official photographs issued by the Ministry of Information, including photographs of A. Fleming, members of the research team at Oxford, preparations, patients treated, etc. Many have identifications on verso.

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