Catalogue of the correspondence of SIR BERNARD AUGUSTUS KEEN, F.R.S. (1890 - 1981)
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|Title:||Catalogue of the correspondence of SIR BERNARD AUGUSTUS KEEN, F.R.S. (1890 - 1981)|
The chief interest of the collection is in Item 2, which consists of correspondence exchanged October-December 1931 with Sir Daniel Hall, then Director of the John Innes Horticultural Institute. The letters relate to the setting up of the Agricultural Research Council and the offer to Keen of the position of Secretary.
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 Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
The Biochemical Society
The British Pharmacological Society
The Charles Babbage Foundation for the History of Information Processing
The Institute of Physics
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
The Nuffield Foundation
The Physiological Society
The Royal Society of London"
Keen's autobiographical notes, published papers, and five volumes of diaries of overseas travels, are held at the Royal Society, London.
Keen's collection of old prints and advertisements for early steam-power agricultural equipment, currently in the care of Sir Charles Pereira FRS, will be deposited in the Library of the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Silsoe.
A little personal material remains in family hands.
|Held by:||London University: University College London (UCL) Special Collections, not available at The National Archives|
|Physical description:||6 files|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
The material was received from Sir Charles Pereira, author of the Royal Society Memoir of Keen (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 28, 1982). A copy of the Memoir, and of information from Sir Charles about the interest of the papers and about the location of other material, are included as Item 1.
|Administrative / biographical background:||
Much of Keen's career as an agricultural scientist was spent abroad on secondment to various institutes, notably in India and Africa. As a consequence of this peripatetic life, few personal records survive.
1902 - 08 educ. Southend High School
1908 - 11 University College, London (physics and mathematics)
1911 - 12 Troughton Research Scholarship, University College, London
1913-14 Rothamsted Experimental Station
1914 - 19 War Service
1915 married Elsie Isabelle Cowley
1919 - 47 Rothamsted Experimental Station (Assistant Director 1924) with frequent secondment overseas
1929 - 31 Director, Imperial Institute of Agricultural Research, Pusa, Bihar, India (on secondment)
1935 Fellowship of the Royal Society
1939 - 40 Visits to Bulgaria
1943 - 45 Scientific Adviser, Middle East Supply Centre, Cairo
1946 Government missions to Palestine and to West Africa
1947 - 54 Director, East African Agriculture and Forestry Research Organisation
1954 - 65 Scientific Adviser, Baird and Tatlock (London) Limited