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Prof. Peter Stanley Harper archive (2002-2012)

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The broad theme of the archive is the history of human and medical genetics, reflecting the fact that this became progressively, and from 2004 almost exclusively, the principal area of Harper’s research.  An exclusively electronic archive, consisting of email correspondence 2003-11, and documents relating to the history of genetics: articles written by Harper; books written by Harper; genetics in various countries; cytogenetics; genetic diseases; eugenics; finance; genetics and insurance; Genetics and Medicine Historical Network; Human Genetics Historical Library; images; recorded interviews; lectures and presentations; people; records sets; societies involved with human genetics; Wellcome Trust; and international workshops.

Date range: 2002-2012

Strengths: As a leader in his field, Peter Harper’s archive documents how the important and rapidly changing discipline of genetics arose and developed, and how it has reached its present state.

Size: 3 boxes, 1 metre

Language: English

Keywords: Human genetics, medical genetics, cytogenetics, genetic diseases, eugenics.

Notes: This archive of electronic records represents almost 10 years of work (2002 to end of 2011) by Peter Harper and colleagues on the history of human genetics. From 2004 Peter Harper has been University Research Professor in Human Genetics at Cardiff University (Emeritus since 2008). He was made a CBE in 1996 for services to Medical Genetics and in 2004 was awarded a knighthood for services to Medicine. The Library also contains the world’s only 20th century book collection on this topic, collected by Prof Harper, of c. 4,000 volumes.