|Description||A. Biographical and Personal, 1875-1967: obituaries; memoirs of Stiles; family papers; personal souvenirs including school certificates, invitations, correspondence; photographs of family and colleagues; letters of congratulation on Stiles' election to the Royal Society; papers relating to a visit made by Stiles to Czechoslovakia in 1958; account books; royalty statements; articles. |
B. Notes and Working Papers, 1906-1909: Notes on lectures at Cambridge delivered by Professor H. Marshall Ward and Sir Rowland Biffen.
C. Publications and Addresses, 1911-1963: Speech drafts; reviews; typescript drafts of some of Stiles' early papers; published works.
D. Correspondence: Relating to the Natural Sciences Tripos, Cambridge, 1925-1926 (Stiles was examiner in Botany, 1926 and 1927); Final Honour School of Natural Science, Oxford, 1927 (Stiles was External Examiner); with I.B. Pole Evans, South Africa Department of Agriculture, suggesting a visit from Stiles (the visit did not take place); with the Royal Society; other correspondence, 1948-1961.
|Administrative History||Walter Stiles, 1886-1966, botanist. Stiles was educated at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith, London, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he graduated in the Natural Science Tripos Part I 1907 (First Class), Part II 1909 (First Class). From 1910-1919, Stiles was assistant lecturer in the Department of Botany, University of Leeds, and from 1918-1920 he undertook work for the Food Investigation Board. From 1919-1929 he was Professor of Botany at the University of Reading, and from 1929-1951 he was Mason Professor of Botany at the University of Birmingham. Stiles' awards were many: he won the Walsingham Medal at Cambridge in 1911, became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1928 and was awarded an Honorary D.Sc by the University of Nottingham in 1953. |
Stiles wrote many books and articles, and his contributions on 'Recent advances in plant physiology' , published in Science Progress , 1919-1963, based on his own meticulous reading and evaluation of the literature, helped to guide and inform research, especially in permeability, salt absorption, trace elements and nutrition deficiency in plants.
Reference: The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Report on Correspondence and Papers of Walter Stiles ( 1978 ).
For further reading about the University of Birmingham see: Eric Ives, Diane Drummond, Leonard Schwarz The First Civic University: Birmingham 1880-1980 An Introductory History ( The University of University of Birmingham Press. 2000 ).