Correspondence, 1931-1982, of the agricultural scientist, Sir Bernard Augustus Keen (1890-1981), student at UCL 1908-1911, Research Scholar 1911-1912. Comprising correspondence between Keen and Sir (Alfred) Daniel Hall, 1931, then Director of the John Innes Horticultural Institution, relating to the setting up of the Agricultural Research Council and the offer to Keen of the position of Secretary. Also letters of farewell to and from Keen and press cuttings on his retirement from East Africa and return to Britain, 1954; letters from Sir (Edward) John Russell, 1962-1963, relating mainly to Russell's history of agricultural science in Britain, but also recalling Keen's appointment at Rothamsted in 1913 and Rutherford's praise of his book The Physical Properties of the Soil (1931); letters from G D H Bell on Keen's retirement as Editor, Journal of Agricultural Science, 1965; letter of condolence from Royal Meteorological Society on Keen's death, 1981; Sir (Herbert) Charles Pereira's memoir of Keen for Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol xxviii (1982), with related correspondence of Pereira, 1982.
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