Material relating to Pontecorvo's Leeuwenhoek Lecture

6 Dec 1962-25 Jan 1963
UGC 198/8/3
Part of:
Papers of Guido Pellegrino Arrigo Pontecorvo, geneticist, Professor of Genetics, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Material relating to Leeuwenhoek Lecture delivered by Pontecorvo on 6 December 1962.


6 Dec 1962-25 Jan 1963

Physical description

1 file, 1 item

Biographical note

The Leeuwenhoek Lecture is a prize lecture of the Royal Society given triennially. It was originally established to recognise excellence in the field of microbiology but now also includes excellence in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy. The lectureship was named after the Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS (PDF) and is supported by a bequest from George Gabb. The lecture was first given in 1950.

Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) was known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology. Using his handcrafted microscopes, he was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms, which he originally referred to as animalcules, and which we now refer to as micro-organisms.

Related material

UGC 198/7/2/51, reprint of the Leeuwenhoek Lecture

Terms of use

Open and available at Glasgow University Archives Service.

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

Where to find it

Location of original

The original material is held at Glasgow University Archive Services. This catalogue is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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