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Biochemical Society Archive

The Biochemical Society was founded in 1911 and our extensive archive contains records dating back to this time. Included is an audio-visual collection of interviews with eminent biochemists and the complete laboratory notebooks of the double-Nobel Laureate Fred Sanger.

A large proportion of our archive is housed and managed by the Wellcome Library in London. Artefacts, chemicals and scientific instruments also form part of the Biochemical Society Collection, which is housed at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London.

The following three publications provide a fascinating account of this history of the Society, since its formation in 1911.

When Chris Kirk, our Chief Executive, and I as Honorary Archivist first sat down in 2009 to discuss how best to update the historical record of the Society for the Centenary, we came to the conclusion that
rather than trying to write a book covering the 100 years of its history, or emulate previous histories, we would limit ourselves to producing a book covering the last 25 years.

Biochemical Society The Last 25 Years, Edited By John Lagnado

The two disciplines which spawned Biochemistry, or if you will physiological chemistry, in the latter half of the nineteenth century and the early years of the present century were physiology and organic chemistry, and the environment in which the subject grew was generally but not exclusively within a medical school.

History Of The Biochemical Society 1911 1986 TW Goodwin

Several considerations led to the formation of the Biochemical Society  Read more about its inception in this book.

History Of Biochemsoc 1911 1949 By RHA Plimmer
Warwick Court in Holborn Warwick Court in Holborn

Video collection

The Biochemical Society’s video collection charts the development of the molecular biosciences in the 20th century through extended interviews with some of its most celebrated scientists. Their work has contributed immensely to the development of the subject.

There are 34 colour films, totalling around 80 hours of material. The videos are hosted on Alexander Street, who have partnered with Jisc to publish the collection and make it available to institutions in the UK.

If your institution is subscribed to the collection, you will have full access to the videos here.

If your institution is not subscribed to the collection, you will be able to view a short preview here and your institution should contact if they are interested in subscribing to the full collection. Institutions can also sign up to a 30-day free trial.

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