Hugh Sinclair Archive Project

Hugh Sinclair

The papers of Dr Hugh Macdonald Sinclair DM, DSc, FRCP are now available at the Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading. The archive covers the life and work of the nutritionist Dr Sinclair (1910-90), an academic and pioneer in human nutrition, who is best known for his theories on Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).

 Dr Sinclair was an academic and nutritionist who was a pioneer in the study of the importance of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in relation to chronic diseases.

Dr Sinclair bequeathed his estate to the trustees of the International Institute of Human Nutrition who decided to use the proceeds to establish a university Chair in Human Nutrition. The assets of the estate were transferred to the Hugh Sinclair Trust at the University of Reading in 1995 and in 1997 the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition was established and the first Hugh Sinclair Professor was appointed. As well as Sinclair's property, the estate included his remaining library, research material and other papers.

The Hugh Sinclair Trust at the University of Reading generously funded a project archivist to sort and catalogue the archive and raise awareness of this unique collection to researchers. This work is now complete and the papers can be viewed in the reading room at MERL. Please note that restrictions may apply to some records. The full catalogue can be found on the University's online catalogue Search for the catalogue reference D HS.

MERL Lunchtime network talk:
The Hugh Sinclair legacy: organizing the chaos

Hayley Whiting, MERL

23 January 2013,
1-2pm, MERL

Hugh Sinclair was an eccentric pioneer in the field of human nutrition, best known for establishing the link between essential fatty acids and health. Discover how over 1,200 boxes of his papers, ranging from bus tickets to major research surveys, were sorted and catalogued. The talk will provide an insight into this unique and significant collection and its huge research potential.

Click on the link for details of the current series of MERL Lunchtime Talks


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