BURN, Joshua Harold

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CSAC 107/4/85 CONTEMPORARY SCIENTIFIC ARCHIVES CENTRE British National Committee for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology under the guidance of the Royal Society’s Catalogue of papers and correspondence of JOSHUA HAROLD BURN FRS (1892 - 1981) Compiled by: Jeannine Alton and Peter Harper Deposited in the Library for the History of Neuroscience in the Sherrington Room of the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford All rights reserved 1985 J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 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 The Rhodes Trustees The Royal Society of London The Wolfson Foundation J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 LIST OF CONTENTS Items DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION OUTLINE OF LIFE AND CAREER OF J.H. BURN SECTION A OBITUARIES AND TRIBUTES A.1-A.8 SECTION B AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL B.1-B.8 SECTION C CORRESPONDENCE C.1-C.4 J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 3 DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION The material was received from Professor Edith BUlbring FRS, author with J.M. Walker of the Royal Society Memoir of Burn (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 30, 1984). 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. J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 OUTLINE OF THE LIFE AND CAREER OF J.H. BURN 1892: b. Barnard Castle, Co. Durham 1903-09 1909-14 1912 Barnard Castle School Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Scholar) Natural Sciences Tripos 1912-14 First research with Barcroft and Hopkins 1914 1914-17 1917-20 1920-25 1926-37 193] 1933 1937-59 January-October. Laboratories at invitation of H.H. Dale Research at Wellcome Physiological Research Warservice in Signals Corps Medical studies at Guy's and Cambridge 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 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 Founder member, British Pharmacological Society Dean of College of Pharmacy Professor of Pharmacology, Oxford. adrenaline, noradrenaline, sympathomimetic amines, autonomic nervous system Work on sympathetic vasodilators, 1959-68 Visiting Professor in Pharmacology, Washington University, St. Louis J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 5 SECTION A OBITUARIES AND TRIBUTES A.1- A.8 Typescript drafts and/or published versions, by colleagues and friends. In alphabetical order. A.] A.2 A.3 H.K.L. Blaschko. 3pp. typescript, for an Oxford public. Memoir, in collaboration with J.M. Walker, E. BUlbring. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 30, 1984, 45-89. Author's proof with a few ms. corrections. A.F. Huxley. ms. note by Huxley. Letter from Royal Society, 1981, with an additional W.D.M. Paton. Balliol Annual Record, which also includes tribute by P. Phizackerley. 3pp. typescript, forB.M.J. Printed tribute in Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacentical Journal. A.4 H. Raskova. 2pp. typescript draft. U. Trendelenburg. TIPS, using some of same material in shortened form. 5pp. typescript draft. Published tribute in A.5 A.6 A.7 A.8 J.R. Vane. Service. material. 13pp. typescript copy of address given at Memorial Published tribute in Br.J.Pharmac., using some of same M. Vogt. material. 9pp. typescript draft. Printed tribute using some of same J.M. Walker. 'J.H. Burn's Eightieth Birthday’, Br.J.Pharmac., 1973. Miscellaneous unsigned obituaries. J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 SECTION B AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL _B.1 - B.8 B.] B.2 B.3 B.4 B.5 Autobiographical account of his life and research prepared by Burn. 26pp. typescript, n.d. Shorter autobiographical notes, 7pp. typescript, n.d., probably contemporary with B.1. Material compiled by W.F. Bynum (Wellcome Institute for History Photocopies of originals held at Institute. of Medicine), 1980. Includes: App. ms. and typescript autobiographical notes. App. 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. Bulbring, pp.1-11, pp.12-24. Bulbring. With several corrections and many underscorings by Material relating to British Pharmacological Society. 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?! Copy of 'A History of the British Pharmacological Society 1931-1981' by W.F. Bynum, sent with a covering letter to E. BUlbring, and with annotations by her. B.6, B.7 Material relating to Pharmaceutical Society. B.6 Miscellaneous photocopies, mainly relating to Burn's lecturing and teaching work during his period as Director of the Society's Pharmacological Laboratories. (based on lectures given at the Society); Burn's article 'The Includes Burn's preface to his book Recent Advances in Materia Medica, 1932 outlook for pharmaceutical students’ (Pharm. J., 131, 1933); letter to Academic Board of the Society, January 1933, regretting Burn's Continued J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 B.6 (Cont'd.) Autobiographical and biographical 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. B.7 ‘Memoirs of a 20th century druggist’, by C.W. Robinson, 1983. 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. B.8 Annual Reports, Department of Pharmacology, Oxford, 1940-59. J.H. Burn CSAC 107/4/85 SECTION C CORRESPONDENCE C.1 - C.4 C.1 BUlbring, E. various dates 1964-75 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. C.2 C.3 Cannon, W.B. Oneletter only. 1933 Dale, H.H. 1933, 1935 Letter 1933 suggests research on sympathetic cholinergic effect. Letter 1935 discusses article by Burn on 'Ergometrine'. C.4 Linstead, H.N. 1975 Account of the circumstances leading to the setting-up of the Pharmacological Laboratories in 1926, to which Burn was appointed as first Director. account using the material in Linstead's letter. Appended is Burn's own ms. and typescript