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Personal Papers of Christine McKie, 1931 - 2010

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP McKie

Scope and Contents

Dr McKie’s papers comprise personal and biographical materials; photographs; correspondence (chiefly personal); and papers relating to her life and work at Girton College and within the University of Cambridge, including papers relating to her proctorial position in the University. Each section is arranged broadly chronologically.


  • 1931 - 2010


Biographical / Historical

Christine Kelsey was born at Mullion, Cornwall, the daughter of Donald Carlile Kelsey, a radio engineer, and May Rowe. She was educated at Chelmsford County High School for Girls and came to Girton College to read Natural Sciences in 1949. She gained a rowing blue in 1951. A research studentship from 1952-1956 enabled her to work on the crystal structure of tobermorite and she gained her PhD in 1958. She was a Bye-Fellow of Girton from 1956-57 and undertook research in Canada 1957-58. She returned to Girton in 1958, initially as a Hertha Ayrton Research Fellow, becoming an Official Fellow in 1963. Christine Kelsey married Duncan McKie, a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1966. At Girton she held the following offices: Tutor, 1963-69; Director of Studies in Physical Sciences from 1968; Praelector, 1968-73; Vice-Mistress, 1987-96; and Registrar of the Roll, 1989-93. In addition, she was a University Demonstrator in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology, 1958-63, a University Lecturer, 1963-80 (in Mineralogy and Petrology until 1980 then in the Department of Earth Sciences until retirement); and Additional Pro-Proctor in the University, 1969-70, and a Deputy Proctor 1970-71 and 1973-74. On her retirement in 1998, Christine McKie became a Life Fellow of Girton College. She published mainly in the field of mineralogical crystallography, including articles co-authored with Helen Megaw (Girton 1926: see GCPP Megaw). She co-authored 'Crystalline Solids' with Duncan McKie in 1974 and wrote 'Essentials of Crystallography' in 1986. Christine McKie died on 23 August 2017.


7.5 archive box(es) (7.5 boxes) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Some items (check) were donated by Christine McKie in December 1998, at the time of her retirement. GCPP Mckie 3/6/1-3 were found in the College wine cellar and transferred to the Archive in February 2012. Further records were accessioned as a result of the clearance of CM's house in 2018.


McKie, Christine Hilary, 1931-2017, nee Kelsey, crystallographer

Finding aid date

2019-05-07 09:47:58+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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