CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Alt Ref NoJBO
TitleJohn Boyd Orr papers
Date1896 - 1970s
Extent15 boxes; 57 files; 346 items; 1 volume
Creator NameJohn Boyd Orr (later Sir John Boyd Orr) (1880 - 1971)
Administrative HistoryJohn Boyd Orr (later Sir John Boyd Orr) was the founding Director of the Rowett Institute. He was born in Ayrshire in 1880. He was undoubtedly one of the great Scots of the last century. John Boyd Orr was the founding father of modern nutrition science and his achievements were outstanding. He was the first scientist to show that there was a link between poverty, poor diet and ill health. In 1936 he showed that at least one third of the UK population were so poor that they couldn't afford to buy sufficient food to provide a healthy diet. Among his many research findings was the demonstration of the nutritional benefits in young children of drinking milk - a result which led to the introduction of free school milk. The landmark Carnegie Survey of Diet and Health in Pre-War Britain, which Boyd Orr masterminded, was used by the UK Government to help formulate the food ration during World War II. When Boyd Orr retired from the Institute in 1945, he embarked on another career as the first Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Among his many awards he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1949, the same year as he was knighted. He died in 1971 at his home in Brechin.

See also:
Food Health and Income (1936)
Feeding The People In War-Time (with David Lubbock) (1940)
As I Recall: the 1880s-1960s (autobiography 1966)
ArrangementJBO - John Boyd Orr papers

JBO/1 - Books, pamphlets
JBO/2 - Books containing contributions
JBO/3 - Books containing forewords
JBO/4 - University text books
JBO/5 - School books
JBO/6 - Photographs and slides relating
JBO/7 - Reviews and press comments on books
JBO/8 - Scottish Universities Parliamentary Election 1945
JBO/9 - Manuscripts and typescripts, pre 1940
JBO/10 - Manuscripts and typescripts, 1940-1949
JBO/11 - Manuscripts and typescripts, 1950 onwards
JBO/12 - Published articles and papers, pre 1940
JBO/13 - Published articles and papers, 1940-1949
JBO/14 - Published articles and papers, 1950 onwards
JBO/15 - Biographical articles and profiles
JBO/16 - Obituaries and tributes
JBO/17 - Press Cuttings from Rowett
JBO/18 - Press Cuttings 1945-1949
JBO/19 - Press Cuttings 1950 onwards
JBO/20 - Letters pre 1940
JBO/21 - Letters 1940-1949
JBO/22 - Letters 1950 onwards
JBO/23 - ATV 'Freedom from want' broadcast February 1962
JBO/24 - Memorabilia belonging to or associated with
JBO/25 - Peace movements and wordl government material
JBO/26 - Government food policy, poverty and public health
JBO/27 - Framed photographs and portraits
JBO/28 - Lists of papers, publications, medals etc.
JBO/29 - Framed, signed photographs of famous people
JBO/30 - Boyd-Orr Day, 2001
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialMany of Lord Boyd Orr's published works are also held as part of the printed collections.

Some of Lord Boyd Orr's papers are also held by the National Library of Scotland including manuscripts, typescripts and printed copies of addresses, broadcast talks, articles and reviews (also with covering letters and related correspondence).
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