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The Papers of Sir Vincent Wigglesworth

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WIGG

Scope and Contents

This collection mainly consists of reprints of Wigglesworth's papers and protocols covering his research into insect physiology throughout his career. There are also diaries and photographs of Wigglesworth's research visits to West Africa, 1928, and the Indian sub-continent, 1934 - 1935.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

Apart from some files in section 9 (clearly marked in the catalogue) the papers are 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

Vincent Wigglesworth was born in 1899. In 1928 he married Mabel Semple (died 1986) and they had three sons and one daughter. During World War I Wigglesworth served in France (1917-1918) he then went on to study at Caius College, Cambridge, 1922 -1924. In 1926 he became Lecturer in Medical Entomology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He followed this with Reader in Entomology at the University of London, 1936 - 1944, and Reader in Entomology at the University of Cambridge, 1945 -1952. He was also Director of the Agricultural Research Council Unit of Insect Physiology, 1943 - 1967, and Quick Professor of Biology at the University of Cambridge, 1952 - 1966. Wigglesworth was knighted in 1964. He lectured to and received honours from universities around the world as well as serving on many public and academic bodies. He died in 1994.


50 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and copies of the catalogue are available at Churchill Archives Centre and The Historical Manuscripts Commission.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Professor Wigglesworth deposited his papers at Churchill Archives Centre in April 1989. Further papers were deposited by the Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, in 1992.


This collection (fonds) level description was produced by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in August 2004 using information from the existing paper catalogue (1989).


Wigglesworth, Sir Vincent Brian, 1899-1994, Knight, Entomologist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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