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The Papers of Michael Ashburner

Reference Code: GBR/0014/ASHB

Scope and Contents

The papers relate to the activities of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Committee of 100 and other non-violent disarmament and anti-nuclear pressure groups with whom Ashburner was involved in the 1960's.


  • Creation: 1955 - 1977

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Michael Ashburner was born 23 May 1942, the son of Geoffrey Staton Ashburner and Diane Ashburner (née Leff); In 1963 he married Francesca Ryan (daughter of Desmond Francis Ryan and Isabel Ryan) with whom he has one son and two daughters.

Ashburner was educated at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe then at Churchill College, Cambridge, obtaining his BA (1964), PhD (1968) and ScD (1978).

Ashburner has held a number of academic positions including: Assistant in Research at the University of Cambridge (1966-1968); University Demonstrator (1968-1973); University Lecturer (1973-1980); Reader in Developmental Genetics (1980-1991); Gordon Ross Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology (1968-69); Visiting Professor at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (1977-1978); University of Crete (1985); University of Pavia, Italy (1990-); and Miller Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley (1986). From 1991 onwards he has been Professor of Biology at the University of Cambridge and since 1980 a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

Ashburner has written and edited a number of publications including: "The Genetics and Biology of Drosophila" (ed., 1976-86, 12 vols); "Insect Cytogenetics" (ed.,1980); "Heat Shock: from bacteria to man" (1982); "Drosophila: a laboratory handbook and manual" (2 vols, 1989). He died on 6 July 2023.


35 archive box(es) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been box-listed and a copy of the list is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Dr Ashburner in 1988.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2002 using information from the box list to the Ashburner papers and from Ashburner's entry in Who Was Who 1897-1996 (A and C Black).


Ashburner, Michael, 1942-, Professor of Biology and Fellow of Churchill College

2002-02-01 15:01:19+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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