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Durward Cruickshank Papers

Date range: 1936-2007

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Durward Cruickshank (1924-2007) was one of the foremost crystallographers of his generation, particularly noted for developing computational analysis in the study of crystallography.

Cruickshank 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 Professor Chemistry at the University of Leeds, 1957-1963. 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. He was also a active member and senior office holder in the International Union of Crystallography.

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 with leading chemists and crystallographers including Dorothy Hodgkin, Gordon Cox, Jackie Truter, J M Robertson, Leslie Sutton, Ralph Wyckoff, Larry Bartell and Linus Pauling. There are also manuscript research notes, scientific papers, computer tapes used by the Manchester Ferranti computer in 1952, photographs and books.

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