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Arnold Hicks Sparrow Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0982

This collection houses 117 research data books supplemented with correspondence files, scientific reprints, laboratory notes, and an extensive group of well executed glossy print photographs documenting Arnold Hicks Sparrow's work in radiation botany.

Dates

  • 1945-1976

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

35 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses 117 research data books supplemented with correspondence files, scientific reprints, laboratory notes, and an extensive group of well executed glossy print photographs documenting Arnold Hicks Sparrow's work in radiation botany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arnold Hicks Sparrow was born in Saskatoon, Alberta, Canada on October 2, 1914. He undertook his initial studies in biology at the University of Saskatchewan and completed his PhD in Cytology in Genetics at McGill University in 1941. After graduation, he worked at Harvard University as a research fellow and instructor. In 1947, Sparrow became a U. S. citizen and moved to Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, where he became senior cytologist and where he remained for the rest of his career. Sparrow's research interests included radiobiology, structure and evolution of chromosomes, radiation cytology and genetics, factors determining specific radiosensitivity, effects of ionizing radiation on plants, space biology, and environmental mutagens. These interests led to his founding the journal Radiation Botany in 1961. Sparrow was married to Rhoda Cornish, and the couple had four sons. Sparrow died on June 25, 1976 at his home in Bellport, Long Island, New York.

Arrangement

Collection consists of twenty-three boxes divided into five series:

  1. Series I: Experimental Notes
  2. Series II: Sparrow Reprints and Symposium Notes
  3. Series III: Project Folders
  4. Series IV: Muller, Quaster, East, Sax Reprints
  5. Series V: Extra Experimental Data

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480