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Supplementary catalogue of papers and correspondence of JOHN WILLIAM SUTTON PRINGLE FRS (1912-1982)


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Reference NCUACS 21.6.90
Covering dates c 1948-1979
Held by Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts
Extent 32 items
Creators Pringle, John William Sutton, 1912-1982, scientist and zoologist
Arrangement SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL NCUACS 21.6.90/A.18-NCUACS 21.6.90/A.20
SECTION C OXFORD NCUACS 21.6.90/C.185-NCUACS 21.6.90/C.201
NCUACS 21.6.90/C.185-NCUACS 21.6.90/C.197 Human Sciences
NCUACS 21.6.90/C.198-NCUACS 21.6.90/C.200 University Committees
NCUACS 21.6.90/C.201 Miscellaneous
SECTION E LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS NCUACS 21.6.90/E.145
SECTION G SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS NCUACS 21.6.90/G.29, NCUACS 21.6.90/G.30
SECTION J CORRESPONDENCE NCUACS 21.6.90/J.149-NCUACS 21.6.90/J.157
Note Compiled by Jeannine Alton
The work of the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, and the production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following societies and organisations:
The Biochemical Society
The British Library
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The Geological Society
The Institute of Physics
National Power
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The Royal Society
The Royal Society of Chemistry
The Society of Chemical Industry

Contents:
Material additional to CSAC 117/8/86.
The material in this collection was assembled during 1989 and 1990 from various sources. It is supplementary to the principal collection of Pringle's papers and correspondence catalogued by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre (CSAC 117/8/86) now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The items are therefore sectionalised and numbered to follow the related material in that previous catalogue with specific cross-references where appropriate. References are also given to the memoir of Pringle by V B Wigglesworth (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 29, 1983, 525-551).
Several items are a useful supplement to the earlier collection. A. 18 is correspondence with the Registrar, Oxford University, relating to the offer to Pringle of the Linacre Chair of Zoology in December 1960 and the negotiations preceding his acceptance in June 1961. Pringle's involvement in the multi-disciplinary School of Human Sciences at Oxford, documentation for which was wholly lacking in the previous collection, is now more fully recorded in items Material additional to CSAC 117/8/86
The material in this collection was assembled during 1989 and 1990 from various sources. It is supplementary to the principal collection of Pringle's papers and correspondence catalogued by the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre (CSAC 117/8/86) now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The items are therefore sectionalised and numbered to follow the related material in that previous catalogue with specific cross-references where appropriate. References are also given to the memoir of Pringle by V B Wigglesworth (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 29, 1983, 525-551).
Several items are a useful supplement to the earlier collection. A. 18 is correspondence with the Registrar, Oxford University, relating to the offer to Pringle of the Linacre Chair of Zoology in December 1960 and the negotiations preceding his acceptance in June 1961. Pringle's involvement in the multi-disciplinary School of Human Sciences at Oxford, documentation for which was wholly lacking in the previous collection, is now more fully recorded in items NCUACS 21.6.90/C.185-NCUACS 21.6.90/C.197. The only 'new' item relating to publications (NCUACS 21.6.90/E.145) is an unrecorded and probably unpublished note prepared for Experientia in 1950-51. Documentation relating to Pringle's service on committees at Oxford (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.198-NCUACS 21.6.90/C.200) and for the University Grants Committee (NCUACS 21.6.90/G.29), and a little correspondence (Section J) complete the collection.



SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL  NCUACS 21.6.90/A.18 - A.20  [n.d.]

Appointment to the Linacre Chair of Zoology Oxford  NCUACS 21.6.90/A.18  December 1960 - August 1961

Contents:
Correspondence with the Registrar, Sir Folliott Sandford. The correspondence begins 16 December 1960 with the invitation to Pringle to accept the Chair, and chronicles a sequence of visits and negotiations principally concerned with temporary research accommodation and the proposed new building, and also with Pringle's own housing and financial arrangements. Some official circulars and notes relating to the difficulties and delays of the appointment are included.
There is no surviving copy of Pringle's reply of 20 December 1960 taken by the Registrar in his letter of 7 January 1961 'as an indication of interest in the offer rather than as a definite acceptance'.
It would seem that Pringle's eventual acceptance was made verbally to the Vice-Chancellor at a meeting in London; Pringle's letter of 24 June 1961 says 'I have arranged to see the Vice-Chancellor in London on Tuesday morning. I will then tell him whether I can accept the Linacre Professorship'.

Career and honours  NCUACS 21.6.90/A.19  1969-1970, 1977

Contents:
Election as Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1969.
Invitation to serve as External Expert on Boards of Advisors in Zoology and Botany, University of London 1970.
Election to Foreign Membership, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences 1977.

Gliding  NCUACS 21.6.90/A.20  1975-1976, 1979


Related information: See also NCUACS 21.6.90/A.14.

Contents:
Invitation to serve as Senior Member, Oxford University Gliding Club 1975, minutes of first AGM of Club 1976, Pringle's resignation 1979.

SECTION C OXFORD  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.185 - C.201  [n.d.]

Honour School of Human Sciences  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.185-C.197  [n.d.]

Administrative history:
The establishment of this new course, and Pringle's major contribution to it, are outlined in Wigglesworth's Memoir, pp.532-534.

Contents:
The sequence of events is documented here. It includes correspondence arising from Pringle's exploratory Inaugural Lecture The two biologies 1963 (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.185) and his later Darwin Lecture A vision of man 1972 (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.186); there are also correspondence, background material and press comment (not all favourable) on the eventual passing of the University Decree establishing the School (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.188) and some of Pringle's lectures for the course (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.190). Comments on Human Sciences by an observer of its earliest days 1971-72 (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.194) are complemented by an interesting file of information and opinion by early entrants compiled in 1978 as background material for Pringle's visit to Guelph, Ontario, in 1978 when he included Human Sciences among his lecture topics (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.195, see also CSAC 117/8/86, items NCUACS 21.6.90/E.64, NCUACS 21.6.90/E.65).
Correspondence and information sent by colleagues about similar multi-disciplinary courses in hand or projected is interesting as evidence of contemporary interest in the concept (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.191-NCUACS 21.6.90/C.193, NCUACS 21.6.90/C.196).
Miscellaneous academic and administrative material relating to the new School complete the sequence (NCUACS 21.6.90/C.197)

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.185  December 1963 - February 1964, 1967

Contents:
Correspondence arising from Pringle's Inaugural Lecture The two biologies, (proposed Japanese translation).

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.186  1972-73

Contents:
Correspondence arising from Pringle's 12th Darwin lecture, A vision of man, published in Biologist, 19, 1972.
An offprint of the published lecture is enclosed.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.187  October - December 1969

Administrative history:
A group of forty-four senior members supported a Resolution to withdraw the University's decree, approving the new school. This eleventh-hour obstacle was answered by a flysheet circulated by Pringle and others and a further debate, and the Resolution was defeated by thirty-one votes; despite a demand for a postal vote, the result confirmed the decree and the first students were admitted in October 1970.

Contents:
The voting in Congregation, Oxford, 18 November 1969.
Folder includes flysheet, Pringle's analysis of 'the opposition', correspondence with colleagues on both 'sides' of the debate

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.188  1969

Contents:
Press comment on the establishment of the new course

Biology and the human sciences OUP 1972.  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.189  1970-73, 1978

Administrative history:
These were the Herbert Spencer lectures, given in Michaelmas Term 1970 as a series 'to help launch the new degree and at the same time to mark the wide interest which had manifested itself in recent years in the possibility of integrating the biological and social sciences'. The lectures were assembled and edited for publication by Pringle as Chairman of the Human Sciences Committee.

Contents:
Folder includes correspondence with Press and with contributors, draft of Pringle's introduction, blurb and index, publication arrangements and reviews
Drafts have been retained of the contributions by T Dobzhansky on Unique aspects of man's evolution which he described as 'a preliminary version' differing considerably from the final published text, and by E Grebenik On controlling population growth which has extensive authorial corrections.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.190  1971, 1973-1975

Contents:
Course of eight lectures by Pringle 'intended as a general introduction to Biology for students who have done little or none before', as 'part of the formal teaching for the qualifying examination in Zoology for medical students and... for the preliminary examination in Human Sciences'. First given 1971, revised 1974, 1975.
Folder also includes class handouts and draft examination questions for Human Sciences Preliminary Examination 1971, 1973, 1974.

[no title or date]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.191-C.193

Arrangement: In chronological order.


Contents:
Correspondence and information about Human Sciences courses in Britain and elsewhere, some sent to Pringle for information, some asking for details of the Oxford course. Brochures or similar printed matter may be included.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.191  1969-71

Contents:
Manchester
Edinburgh
Coventry
Salk Institute
Melbourne

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.192  1972-74

Contents:
Edinburgh (correspondence and papers from C H Waddington)
D E S
Centre Royaumont
B F Skinner
Nuffield Foundation
Center for Futures Research California

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.193  1975-77

Contents:
Australian National University
University of Guelph
University of Haifa
Emory University Georgia
Attached here is the original file cover listing many other 'Outside Enquiries' on Human Sciences than those surviving.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.194  1971

Contents:
Comments on the Human Sciences School, by J K Brierly, a visitor to the University during Michaelmas Term 1971.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.195  1978

Contents:
Comments on the Human Sciences course, and on their own subsequent careers, by former students (finalists at Oxford 1972-77), sent in reply to Pringle's letter of June 1978 requesting the information in preparation for his lectures at Guelph University. Includes tabulated summary of correspondents and information.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.196  1978

Contents:
Correspondence and information from academic colleagues on human sciences or similar courses, assembled by Pringle for his Guelph lectures.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.197  1971-79

Contents:
Miscellaneous papers and correspondence relating to the School of Human Sciences.
Includes submissions and questions prepared for University Grants Committee Social Studies Sub-Committee visit to Oxford (June 1971), proposals for site and accommodation (the Human Sciences Centre), copy of 'Human Sciences Enquiry' conducted by Junior Members, March 1974, notes, circulars, agendas and minutes for meetings of Standing Committee, and of Joint Consultative Committee, with a little accompanying correspondence. 1974-79.

University Committees  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.198-C.200  [n.d.]

Contents:
These are committees of the General Board of the Faculties, whose official records are preserved in the University Archives. Material retained here refers only to matters in which Pringle had a special interest, conducted correspondence, prepared notes or memoranda, amended draft papers and the like.

Standing Committee on Planning and Development and Standing Committee on Appointments  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.198  May 1968 - May 1971

Contents:
Includes notes and drafts on Joint Appointments, correspondence and material on postgraduate teaching in molecular biology, 'shopping list', notes and other papers relating to the preparation of Quinquennial Application for 1972-77.

Equipment Committee  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.199  March 1968 - March 1970

Administrative history:
This was set up in March 1968 'to administer the new annual grants for teaching and research equipment to be received from the University Grants Committee from April 1968'. The grants are usually referred to as TREs in the papers and correspondence. Pringle played an active part in drawing up and assessing applications from various science departments, particularly the Zoology and Experimental Psychology departments.

Contents:
Committee papers, bids and submissions, notes and calculations, some related correspondence

Committee on the long-term problems of entitlement  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.200  1968 - 1974

Administrative history:
This was set up by Council largely on an initiative by Pringle at a General Board meeting on 29 November, and was approved by Congregation on 25 February 1969. The Chairman was J H E Griffiths, President of Magdalen, the committee sometimes being referred to as the 'Griffiths Committee'. Pringle was a General Board nominee.
Pringle felt himself to be closely involved with the 'entitlement' problem, partly because many members of science departments did not have college fellowships. A possible solution he put forward at a College Meeting at Merton in December 1968, and in a memorandum to the committee in May 1969, aimed at developing Halifax House as a new 'Society'. He also read closely and annotated the replies by various Oxford colleges to a questionnaire circulated to sound out current practice and opinion.

Contents:
Folder includes Pringle's memoranda and correspondence arising, committee papers and submissions, drafts and redrafts of report with amendments and annotations, November 1968 - May 1970.
Also included is a little later material on Pringle's interest in the entitlement problem, 1972, 1974.

Miscellaneous  NCUACS 21.6.90/C.201  1972, 1977

Contents:
Shorter exchanges of correspondence with University officials on leave of absence, sabbatical leave, service on Electoral Boards etc.

SECTION E LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS  NCUACS 21.6.90/E.145  [n.d.]

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/E.145  c1948

Administrative history:
The paper, described by Wigglesworth (Memoir, p.539) as 'a classic of beautifully delicate work', was the object of criticism by W von Buddenbrock who submitted a paper for publication in Experientia. The Editor, H. Mislin, invited Pringle to 'contribute in a "disputanda"' (May 1950). Pringle sent a 'Reply to Professor v.Buddenbrock' (not dated) and received in May 1951 a letter from the Editor explaining that publication had been delayed pending 'a brief communication' of new results from v. Buddenbrock and his collaborator R Faust. These appeared as 'Die Regulierung des Gleichgewichtes der höheren Dipteren durch die Halteren' Experientia 7, 1951, 265. No reply from Pringle appears to have been published.

Contents:
Material relating to Pringle's 1948 paper 'The gyroscopic mechanism of the halteres of Diptera' Phil. Trans R. Soc. Lond. NCUACS 21.6.90/B 233, 347-384.
Folder includes letters from Editor and Pringle's draft reply 8pp.

SECTION G SOCIETIES AND ORGANISATIONS  NCUACS 21.6.90/G.29, G.30  [n.d.]

University Grants Committee  NCUACS 21.6.90/G.29  March 1966 - May 1969

Administrative history:
Pringle served on the Biological Sciences Panel set up in March 1966 to assist the Committee in its investigation into costs and standards of accommodation for teaching and research.

Contents:
Joint Steering Committee [with Department of Education and Science] on Building Costs and Procedures.
Folder includes invitation to serve, annotated committee papers, notes of information required and supplied by Pringle, a little correspondence, draft report.

British Museum (Natural History)  NCUACS 21.6.90/G.30  1975

Contents:
Invitation to chair proposed Visiting Group to Entomology Department of Museum.

SECTION J CORRESPONDENCE  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.149 - J.157  [n.d.]

Contents:
The material is somewhat scanty and does not constitute a full picture of Pringle's activities even when taken in conjunction with the previous collection, cross-references to which are given when appropriate.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.149  1977

Contents:
Barker, E
Science and religion.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.150  1971 - 1972

Contents:
Cabinet Office
Pringle's comments on Green Paper ('The Rothschild Report').

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.151  1976-1977

Contents:
Hawkins & Associates
Kenya wildlife study.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.152  1972


Related information: See also CSAC 117/8/86.

Contents:
Huxley, J S
Comments on Human Sciences, and on papers by Pringle.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.153  1975


Related information: See also CSAC 117/8/86.

Contents:
Jones, R V
Includes copy of Jones's Closing Address, on 'Science and absolute values' given at 3rd International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, 1974.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.154  1970


Related information: See also CSAC 117/8/86.

Contents:
Lane, M (Miriam Rothschild)
Organisation of protest against proposed route of M40 through the Chilterns.

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.155  1971

Administrative history:
Pringle was a consultant.

Contents:
Oxford Scientific Films Ltd

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.156  1977

Contents:
Southwood, T R E

[no title]  NCUACS 21.6.90/J.157  1977

Contents:
Williams, E T
Choice of zoologists for inclusion in Dictionary of National Biography.

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