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Durward Cruickshank Papers

Date range: 1948 - 2001

Durward Cruickshank, an eminent scientist and one of the foremost crystallographers of his generation, was Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at UMIST from 1967 until his retirement in 1983. Prior to this he was Joseph Black Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow University (1962 – 1967), and Reader in Mathematical Chemistry at the University of Leeds.

Among the many scientific honours he held were:

  • Fellow of the Royal Society (1979)
  • Visiting Honorary Scientist at the SERC Daresbury Laboratory (1983)
  • Visiting Honorary Professor at the University of York (1985)
  • Deputy Principal of UMIST (1971-2)
  • Companion of UMIST (1992)
  • honorary DSc from Glasgow University (2004)

He was the winner of the first Dorothy Hodgkin Prize in 1991, and was admitted an Honorary Member of the British Crystallographic Association in 2003, having previously served as Vice-President.

His research publications spanned nearly 60 years from 1948 to 2007 and incorporated major contributions to crystallography including the use of X-ray diffraction for molecular structure determination and the thermal motion of atoms in crystal structures. Latterly, his research focused on the precision and refinement of protein structures with the development of the Cruickshank Diffraction Precision Index (DPI).

The collection contains correspondence, manuscript notes, scientific papers, computer tapes used on the first electronic computer in 1952, personal notes and presentations from scientific meetings, photographs and books.

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