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Martin Adamson papers: from the D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson Collection,

Identifier: SC1

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of mainly letters from Adamson to Thompson. In a few instances there are replies from Thompson and from institutions with which Adamson was in contact. Four of Adamson's publications and two photographs are included.


  • 1923-1945.

Biographical / Historical

Alastair Martin Adamson was born in Scotland in 1901 and trained in zoology at the University of St. Andrews. On completion of his studies, he was appointed Assistant in Zoology to Professor D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson at St. Andrews and they developed a life-long friendship. In 1933 he was apppointed Senior Lecturer and head of the Department of Entomology of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA), St. Augustine. While on staff at ICTA he obtained his Ph.D Degree from the University of California and was promoted to the rank of Professor. He served on the staff of ICTA until his death in 1945.


1 Linear Feet (1 box, 106 items)

Language of Materials



Arranged by form of material.

Other Finding Aids

Rouse-Jones Margaret D. and Hazel Hazzard-Samuda, The Martin Adamson papers (from the D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson Collection) : a descriptive inventory (Main Library, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, 1993).

Custodial History

The collection is part of the D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson Collection held at the University of St. Andrews Library from which The University of the West Indies bought the photocopies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the University of St. Andrews Library, Scotland in 1985.

Martin Adamson papers
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Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
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