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Catalogue of papers and correspondence of JOSHUA HAROLD BURN FRS (1892 - 1981)


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Reference CSAC 107/4/85
Covering dates 1932 - 1984
Held by Oxford University, History of Neuroscience Library
Extent 20 files
Source of acquisition The material was received from Professor Edith Bülbring FRS, author with J.M. Walker of the Royal Society Memoir of Burn (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 30, 1984).
Creators Burn, Joshua Harold, 1892-1981, scientist, pharmacologist
Note Compiled by Jeannine Alton and Peter Harper
The work of the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, and the production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following societies and institutions:
The Biochemical Society
The Charles Babbage Foundation for the History of Information Processing
The Institute of Physics
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Nuffield Foundation
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The Royal Society of London
The Wolfson Foundation

Administrative history:
OUTLINE OF THE LIFE AND CAREER OF J.H. BURN
1892 b. Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
1903-09 Barnard Castle School
1909-14 Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Scholar)
1912 Natural Sciences Tripos
1912-14 First research with Barcroft and Hopkins
1914 January-October. Research at Wellcome Physiological Research Laboratories at invitation of H.H. Dale
1914-17 War service in Signals Corps
1917-20 Medical studies at Guy's and Cambridge
1920-25 Research at Department of Pharmacology, National Institute for Medical Health (MRC) at invitation of H.H. Dale. Work on biological assay, insulin, autonomic nervous system
1926-37 Director of Pharmacological Laboratories at the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, later (1937) incorporated as the School of Pharmacy of the University of London. Work on biological assay, sympathetic nervous system
1931 Founder member, British Pharmacological Society
1933 Dean of College of Pharmacy
1937-59 Professor of Pharmacology, Oxford. Work on sympathetic vasodilators, adrenaline, noradrenaline, sympathomimetic amines, autonomic nervous system
1959-68 Visiting Professor in Pharmacology, Washington University, St. Louis

Contents:
SECTION A OBITUARIES AND TRIBUTES CSAC 107/4/85/A.1 - CSAC 107/4/85/A.8
SECTION B AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL CSAC 107/4/85/B.1 - CSAC 107/4/85/B.8
SECTION C CORRESPONDENCE CSAC 107/4/85/C.1 - CSAC 107/4/85/C.4
It consists of material assembled by her for the Memoir and includes biographical recollections by Burn, colleagues and friends, some originals, some photocopies from various sources. Many of the documents bear her annotations or editorial indications for use in the Memoir.
The correspondence, though unfortunately very scanty, is of interest for its scientific content.



SECTION A OBITUARIES AND TRIBUTES  CSAC 107/4/85/A.1 - A.8  [n.d.]

Arrangement: In alphabetical order


Contents:
Typescript drafts and/or published versions, by colleagues and friends.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.1  n.d

Contents:
H.K.L. Blaschko. 3pp. typescript, for an Oxford public.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.2  1984

Contents:
E. Bülbring. Memoir, in collaboration with J.M. Walker, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 30, 1984, 45-89. Author's proof with a few ms. corrections.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.3  n.d. and 1981

Contents:
A.F. Huxley. Letter from Royal Society, 1981, with an additional ms. note by Huxley.
W.D.M. Paton. 3pp. typescript, for B.M.J. Printed tribute in Balliol Annual Record, which also includes tribute by P. Phizackerley.
Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacentical Journal.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.4  n.d

Contents:
H. Raskova. 2pp. typescript draft.
U. Trendelenburg. 5pp. typescript draft. Published tribute in TIPS, using some of same material in shortened form.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.5  n.d

Contents:
J.R. Vane. 13pp. typescript copy of address given at Memorial Service. Published tribute in Br.J.Pharmac., using some of same material.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.6  n.d

Contents:
M. Vogt. 9pp. typescript draft. Printed tribute using some of same material.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.7  1973

Contents:
J.M. Walker. 'J.H. Burn's Eightieth Birthday', Br.J. Pharmac., 1973.

Obituaries and Tributes  CSAC 107/4/85/A.8  n.d

Contents:
Miscellaneous unsigned obituaries.

SECTION B AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL  CSAC 107/4/85/B.1 - B.8  [n.d.]

Autobiographical account of his life and research prepared by Burn.  CSAC 107/4/85/B.1  n.d

26 pp

Typescript

Shorter autobiographical notes  CSAC 107/4/85/B.2  n.d

7 pp

Typescript

Contents:
Probably contemporary with B.1.

Material compiled by W.F. Bynum (Wellcome Institute for History of Medicine  CSAC 107/4/85/B.3  1980

Copies information: Photocopies of originals held at Institute.


Contents:
Includes
4pp. ms. and typescript autobiographical notes.
4pp. list of 'Workers in Oxford Pharmacology 1937-59'.
3pp. 'List of workers in Pharmacology(Oxford) 1938-69', and including 'J.H. Burn Fellows', 1961-74.

Transcripts of recorded interview of Burn by E. Bülbring  CSAC 107/4/85/B.4  n.d

pp.1-11, pp 12-24

Administrative history:
With several corrections and many underscorings by Bübring.

Material relating to British Pharmacological Society  CSAC 107/4/85/B.5  n.d

Administrative history:
Burn was an 'Original Member', having been present at the first meeting of the Society at Oxford in 1931, reading a paper on 'Is cocaine a sympathetic stimulant?'

Contents:
Copy of 'A History of the British Pharmacological Society 1931-1981' by W.F. Bynum, sent with a covering letter to E. Bübring, and with annotations by her

Material relating to Pharmaceutical Society.  CSAC 107/4/85/B.6, B.7  [n.d.]

Miscellaneous photocopies  CSAC 107/4/85/B.6  1932-1933

Contents:
Mainly relating to Burn's lecturing and teaching work during his period as Director of the Society's Pharmacological Laboratories.
Includes Burn's preface to his book Recent Advances in Materia Medica, 1932 (based on lectures given at the Society); Burn's article 'The outlook for pharmaceutical students' (Pharm.J., 131, 1933); Burn's letter to Academic Board of the Society, January 1933, regretting he has few opportunities to teach, and their reply; prefaces to various editions of The biological standardisation of the vitamins, by Katharine Coward, a long-term collaborator of Burn, in which she acknowledges his work on the subject.

'Memoirs of a 20th century druggist', by C.W. Robinson, 1983.  CSAC 107/4/85/B.7  n.d

Contents:
Miscellaneous typescript and printed extracts and reviews of book.
Robinson came to work at the Pharmaceutical Society in 1933 when Burn had just been appointed dean.

Annual Reports, Department of Pharmacology, Oxford  CSAC 107/4/85/B.8  1940-59

SECTION CORRESPONDENCE C  CSAC 107/4/85/C.1 - C.4  [n.d.]

Correspondence  CSAC 107/4/85/C.1  various dates 1964-75

Contents:
Bülburing, E.
Letters, press-cuttings and miscellaneous information on miscellaneous topics of research, especially on 'cholinergic link' and release of noradrenaline and acetylcholine. Correspondence 1964 encloses copy of a letter to Dale; correspondence 1967 encloses copy of a letter to Kushinsky.

Correspondence  CSAC 107/4/85/C.2  1933

One letter only.

Contents:
Cannon, W.B.

Correspondence  CSAC 107/4/85/C.3  1933,1935

Contents:
Dale, H.H.
Letter 1933 suggests research on sympathetic cholinergic effect.
Letter 1935 discusses article by Burn on 'Ergometrine'.

Correspondence  CSAC 107/4/85/C.4  1975

Contents:
Linstead, H.N.
Account of the circumstances leading to the setting-up of the Pharmacological Laboratories in 1926, to which Burn was appointed as first Director. Appended is Burn's own ms. and typescript account using the material in Linstead's letter.

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