Catalogue description Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of JOHN LEONARD JINKS FRS (1929 - 1987)

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Details of NCUACS 7.6.88
Reference: NCUACS 7.6.88
Title: Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of JOHN LEONARD JINKS FRS (1929 - 1987)

This small collection consists principally of material relating to Jinks's research, lectures and publications. Dr Pooni's assistance with the identification of research material has been invaluable and his comments (with due acknowledgement) have been incorporated in the catalogue entries. Wherever possible the research material has been linked with the published papers, references being in the form Bibliog.... A list of Jinks's publications is presented at NCUACS 7.6.88/A.5.


Compiled by Peter Harper and Timothy E Powell


The work of the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, and the production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following societies and organisations:


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The Geological Society


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The Royal Society of Chemistry


The Society of Chemical Industry

Date: c 1952 - c1987



SECTION B RESEARCH 7.6.88/B.1-7.6.88/B.41



Held by: University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Jinks, John Leonard, 1929-1987, scientist and geneticist

Physical description: 68 folders and items
Immediate source of acquisition:

The material was received in October 1988 via Dr H S Pooni, a colleague in the Department of Genetics, Birmingham University.

  • Botany
  • Genetics
Administrative / biographical background:

John Leonard Jinks was born 21 October 1929 in Stoke-on-Trent. He attended the local Longton High School before winning a state studentship to Birmingham University. In 1950 he was awarded a first class degree in Botany and became an Agricultural Research Council Scholar in the Department of Genetics, gaining his doctorate in 1952, to be followed by a D.Sc in 1964.


Jinks remained at Birmingham University for almost the whole of his career. He worked in the ARC Unit of Biometrical Genetics as Scientific Officer 1953-59 and Principal Scientific Officer 1960-65. He was appointed honorary lecturer in the Department of Genetics 1960, reader 1962 and professor and head of department in 1965 in succession to Sir Kenneth Mather. Between 1972 and 1975 Jinks served as Dean of the Science and Engineering Faculty and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1981-85. Throughout his career Jinks retained a close association with the ARC (now the Agricultural and Food Research Council), serving on the Council 1979-85 and as Secretary and Deputy Chairman from 1985. He also served as a member of the Science Research Council 1975-79.


Before his untimely death at the age of 57 Jinks received many honours in recognition of his outstanding work in microbial, biometrical and behavioural genetics. These included Fellowship of the Institute of Biology 1968, Fellowship of the Royal Society 1970 and the CBE 1984.

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