Before the body-snatchers; the early anatomists and Manchester’s ‘mad’ scientists

John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog

Manchester University has a much celebrated and prestigious reputation in scientific scholarship.  Our current superstars are the likes of Brian Cox and Konstantin Novoselov but historically this scientific excellence can be reflected in the breadth of material available to researchers in the Special Collections.    

Amongst the collections, we have the papers of chemist and innovator of atomic theory John Dalton.  Material from the John Dalton Papers is particularly fascinating and rare. The small but important archive held here in the John Rylands Library consists of more than two hundred items, many of which are fire-damaged. These are the remaining papers of a larger archive, most of which was destroyed in an air-raid in 1940.  The library is also host to a collection of printed material written by Marie Stopes a botanist, birth control campaigner and true pioneer.  Stopes was the first female academic at Manchester to join the scientific staff…

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