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John Hamerton fonds
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CA UMASC A2008-128
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- John L. Hamerton
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3.63 m of textual records and other material including 281 photographs & 90 slides.
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John Laurence Hamerton was born September 23, 1929 in Hove, England. He received his B.Sc. from the University of London in 1951. He worked on the Science Staff of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Radiobiology Research Unit from 1951-1956. He was the Senior Science Officer for the British Royal Museum from 1956-1959. He worked on the British Empire Cancer Campaign at the University of London from 1959-1960. He was lecturer and head of the Cytogenetics Section of Guy's Hospital Medical School from 1962-1969. While at Guy's he collaborated on studies that helped pave the way for the first bone marrow transplants. He completed his D.Sc. from the University of London in 1968.
Hamerton came to Winnipeg in 1969 to create the Winnipeg Children's Hospital's first human genetics department. He established an international reputation as a researcher, making major contributions in prenatal diagnosis, cytogenetics and ethical issues relating to the Human Genome Project. He was a founding member and former President of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists. He was the former President of American Society of Human Geneticists and the Genetics Society of Canada. Upon his retirement from the University of Manitoba, he was named Distinguished Professor Emeritius in 1997. That same year he became a member of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Dr. Hamerton died on February 9, 2006.
The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by John Hamerton's wife, Irene, in 2008.
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The fonds is separated into 11 series. They include biographical information, correspondence, articles and conference papers, conferences, meetings and site visits, Hamerton's research material, academic material, receipts, research material, research material on diseases, symposium proceedings, and photographs.
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No further accruals to this fonds are expected.
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Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2009). Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2009). Revised by N. Courrier (October 2018). Revised by M. Horodyski (June 2019).