Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US48
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Sir Leonard Parsons
Extent2 Boxes
DescriptionCorrespondence including letters to and from Parsons's son Clifford, and personal manuscripts; printed material including obituaries of Sir Leonard Parsons, 1948-1950; offprints of papers by Sir Leonard Parsons relating to paedeatrics and medicine; and other records.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers.
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Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistorySir Leonard Gregory Parsons, 1879-1950, paediatrician; educated at King Edward VI Grammar School and Mason College Birmingham; M.B., B.S. London, 1905. In 1910 he was appointed to Birmingham Children's Hospital and was the first Professor of Child Health at University of Birmingham, 1928-1946. Parsons obtained new buildings for the Children's Hospital and established the Institute of Child Health, 1945. He insisted upon scientific investigation of children's diseases and the importance of ante-natal factors. He was knighted in 1946 and made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1948.

Reference: The Dictionary of National Biography: The Concise Dictionary, Part II ( Oxford University Press,Oxford, 1961 ).

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
AcquisitionThis collection was transferred to the Special Collections Department from the Barnes Medical Library in 2000.
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students.


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