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Durward Cruickshank Papers

Date range: c.1948-2001

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Durward Cruickshank was one of the foremost crystallographers of his generation, particularly noted for developing computational analysis in the study of crystallography.

He 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). 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.

Cruickshank made major contributions to crystallography in 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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