About Us

This is the blog for the project ‘Towards Dolly: Edinburgh, Roslin and the Birth of Modern Genetics’. We are based within Edinburgh University Library Centre for Research Collections and generously funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History grants scheme.

A Project Archivist (Clare Button) and Rare Books Cataloguer (Kristy Davis) will catalogue the archival records of the Roslin Institute – who famously cloned Dolly the Sheep in 1996 – as well as the records of the University’s Institute of Animal Genetics and the papers of key geneticist Conrad Hal Waddington (1905-1975) and zoologist James Cossar Ewart (1851-1933). These records are not only an invaluable resource for research on the history of science and medicine, but they also speak to all of us by revealing the fascinating human story behind the science.

We hope you enjoy reading about the project as we progress!


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5 thoughts on “About Us

  1. For a chapter in a Dutch book on the history of biology, I am looking for a high resolution photograph of Conrad Waddington (with correct credits). Do you have any suggestion about where to find such a photograph? Many thanks!

  2. Found your site extremely interesting and well done. You might want at some time to look at the involvement of Eugenics Society members with the Institute.and the significance of this involvement. Such members included FAE Crew, CH Waddington, BM Slizynski, HJ Muller, AD Darbishire, FHA Marshall and RG Edwards There is a recently updated list of Eugenics Society members at http://www.scribd.com/doc/97123506/Eugenics-Society-Members-A-Z-2012. This list is now undergoing the most extensive update since it was first published and the role of the Institute of Animal Genetics in pre- and post- World War II eugenics will be discussed in a “Background” set of paragraphs since it is now possible to see how many important Institute members were in the Society.

    • Thank you for your interest in the blog and for drawing our attention to the significance of the Institute to the Eugenics Society. There are in fact five folders of correspondence between Waddington and the Society (1959-1968) in the C.H Waddington collection (ref: Coll-41/6/9). All of the names you mention are familiar, although unfortunately the personal papers of Crew and Darbishire do not appear to be extant (we do of course have some correspondence from Crew in the Institute of Animal Genetics collection, as well as a notebook belonging to Darbishire). Muller’s signature appears in the Institute’s fascinating Visitors’ Book, which contains signatures of many high-profile individuals who visited the Institute over the period 1924-1947. I’d be very interested in seeing the background paragraphs about the IAG and eugenics when it appears. Many thanks again for getting in touch!

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