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Notebooks, 1913 - 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Needham 3

Scope and Contents

The material listed here encompasses the whole of Dorothy Needham's research career. It includes undergraduate notebooks used by D N for lectures and practical work for the Cambridge Natural Sciences Tripos, 1915-19, and notes on all aspects of her research work: from postgraduate and postdoctoral research under F G Hopkins and work in the 1930s on ATP (adenosinetriphosphate), to wartime research on chemical defence and post-war research on enzyme biochemistry. Consists of lecture notes and drafts, bibliographical references, notes on lectures by others, research data etc, and a set of 60 notebooks containing bibliographical references for Machina Carnis. There are several series of notebooks whose dates overlap. Among the loose items found enclosed within the larger notebooks were drafts for lectures delivered in China during the war. Also relating to D N’s work in China is a small hand-drawn map.


  • 1913 - 1973

Conditions Governing Access

Dorothy Needham's estate passed to her late husband Joseph. It is now held with his by the Needham Research Institute, 8 Sylvester Road, Cambridge CB3 9AF.


11 archive box(es) (11 boxes) : Paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference



Needham, Dorothy

Finding aid date

2012-01-04 11:43:35+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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