CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3682
TitleHans Kosterlitz, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Unit for Research on Addictive Drugs: papers
Extent76 boxes
Creator NameHans Kosterlitz (1903-1996), Professor Emeritus and Director of the Unit for Research on Addictive Drugs
Administrative HistoryFrom 1928-34 Kosterlitz was research assistant in the Department of Medicine, University of Berlin. He joined the University of Aberdeen in 1934 as assistant to J.J.R. Macleod (d 1935), Regius Professor of Physiology, and remained here until his death in 1996. He rose to the position of reader in the Department of Physiology, 1955-68, and subsequently became Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology, 1968-73, and latterly, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Unit for Research on Addictive Drugs. His early work focused on clinical radiology, galactosemia and nutrition, but it was through his later research on the autonomic nervous system and narcotic drugs he achieved worldwide acclaim. His discovery in 1975, of encephalins earned him fellowship of the Royal Society in 1978, and revolutionised research into the effects of addictive drugs on humans. He won many awards for his work:

Principal Awards -

Schmiedeberg Plakette of German Pharmacological Society: 1976
Pacesetter Award by US National Institute on Drug Abuse: 1977
Nathan B Eddy Award: 1978
Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award: 1978
Baly Medal, Royal College of Physicians (London): 1979
Royal Medal, Royal Society of London: 1979
Mackdougall-Brisbane Prize Medal, Royal Society of Edinburgh: 1980
Feldberg Prize, Feldberg Foundation: 1981
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology: 1981
Sherrington Memorial Medal, Royal Society of Medicine: 1982
Wellcome Foundation Prize, Royal Society of London: 1982
Professeur Lucien Dautrebande Prize: 1982
Wellcome Gold Medal, British Pharmacological Society: 1987
Cameron Prize and Prize Lecture, University of Edinburgh: 1988

Other Awards -

Fidia Lecturer Silver Medal (Italy): 1986
Fidia Lecturer Silver Medal (USA): 1987
Custodial HistoryFollowing Kosterlitz's death in 1996, his papers remained in the Department of Physiology, University of Aberdeen. They were removed to the custodianship of Special Libraries and Archives in 2001, following a Physiology departmental move from premises it had occupied since the 1930s. Personal papers were returned to the family home following his death and some of these were subsequently deposited in Special Libraries and Archives.
SourceDeposited by Kosterlitz's family in 2001 and March 2005.
DescriptionResearch papers (minor, including some unfinished work), 1930s-1970s; reprints, 1920s-1990s; lectures, 1950s-1980s; correspondence, 1940s-1990s; awards and appreciations, 1960s-1990s; photographs, 1934-1993; personal papers, 1920s-1990s.
AppraisalThe papers were weeded by a former colleague prior to deposit, who has drawn particular attention to the importance of correspondence files dating from the 1960s-1970s.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions. A very small number of files have access restrictions, in compliance with Data Protection regulations.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialSee also MS 3620/35 + MS 3620/37 Interview with Hans Kosterlitz (1903-1996), (PhD 1936, DSc 1944, LLD 1979), Professor Emeritus and Director of the Unit for Research on Addictive Drugs, 1973-1996
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