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The Papers of Barbara Rankin

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BARA

Scope and Contents

Throughout her time working for Edwards, and also after this period, Barbara Rankin maintained a series of scrapbooks, in order to record the work on human embryology carried out by Edwards and his colleagues Colin "Bunny" Austin, Barry Bavister, Richard Gardiner, Martin Johnson and Jean Purdy, at the Marshall Laboratory. The scrapbooks include press cuttings, papers by Edwards and his colleagues, programmes and photographs on Edwards's pioneering research into in-vitro fertilisation, and also record his work at the Bourn Hall clinic for in-vitro fertilisation in Cambridgeshire, which he founded with the gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe in 1980.


  • Creation: 1955 - 2009


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 holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara Rankin began her career working at St Bartholomew's Hospital surgical unit, 1953-55. She then married and moved to Australia. On her return to Britain in 1969 she took up the post of secretary to Robert Edwards, Professor of Human Reproduction at the University of Cambridge, at the Marshall Laboratory of Reproduction in the University's Department of Physiology. Barbara Rankin left to take up a new post at Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1987. She died in 2019.


11 volume(s)

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and copies of the catalogue are available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbooks were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in May 2010 by Barbara Rankin.

Related Materials

See also the Edwards and Edwards Associated Papers (EDWS and EDWS AS), the Papers of Patrick Steptoe (STPT) and the Patient Pioneers Oral Histories (PPOH).


This catalogue was prepared by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in May 2010 using information from the papers themselves


Rankin, Barbara, 1933-2019, secretary to Professor Robert Edwards

2010-06-02 09:04:33.700000+00:00
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