Reference numberMDA/C/6/8
Previous numbersC.1.12
TitlePapers relating to an award from the Darwin Research Fund to Wilfrid Edward Le Gros Clark
DescriptionPrimarily comprises of correspondence relating to the Royal Society's awards from the Darwin Research Fund, to Wilfrid Edward Le Gros Clark for travelling expenses to the Pan-African Congress on Prehistory to be held in January 1947 in Nairobi, Kenya, as the official representative for Oxford University.

Correspondents include Wilfrid Edward Le Gros Clark, Department of Human Anatomy, University Museum, Oxford; J.D. Griffith Davies; David Christie Martin, Assistant Secretary to the Royal Society; H.R. Raikes, Principal of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg;

Includes discussion of: representation of the Royal Society at the Pan-African Congress on Prehistory, focusing on palaeontological and archaeological discoveries in South Africa and the African colonies; consideration of the application by Royal Society Council on 10 October 1946; an invitation extended to Clark by the Witwatersrand Univeristy to examine fossil-ape material discovered by Dr Broom, including the offer of air travel between Johannesburg and Nairobi with the South African delegates to the congress, and its implications for his travel grant request; the granting of £130 towards Clark's travel expenses, and his protestation that he will need to find the remaining £200 elsewhere; further discussion of travel expenses following Clark's return, with applications for additional grants having been unsuccessful, his emphasis on the importance of financial support for delegates to such important congresses abroad and the Society's plans to set up a special committee to consider the matter; the recent discovery of an archaeological site, Miocene in date, containing fossil remains of anthropoid apes and the hopes of Dr Leakey, curator of Nairobi Museum, for collaboration with British representatives, with Clark enquiring about funds for this work; payment of the grant.
Extent1 file
Physical descriptionOn paper
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6380Gros Clark; Sir; Wilfrid Edward le (1895 - 1971)1895 - 1971
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