Guide to the Colin F. McClare papers, 1960s-1970s

Colin F. McClare C0116


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Colin William Fraser McClare, 1937-1977
Title Colin F. McClare papers
Date 1960s-1970s
Physical Characteristics 1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract This collection contains revisions of a manuscript on biophysics as well as correspondence with George Mason University biology professor Harold Morowitz.
Collection Number C0116
Language English

Biographical Information

Colin F. McClare was a biophysics professor who spent much of his academic career trying to devise a new theory to explain biochemical processes. As a student, he attended Felsted School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he studied chemistry. As a Medical Research Council student in 1958-1961, McClare conducted research on free radicals at Cambridge. As a Beit Fellow in 1961-1963, he researched energy transfer in nucleic acids. McClare was awarded a Ph.D. in 1962, after which he became a lecturer in Biophysics at King's College, London in 1963-1977. McClare's research in bioenergetics and the problems of muscle contraction led him to conclude that classical thermodynamics was inadequate to explain biological processes and that the application of the Second Law of Thermodynamics to biological machines required the introduction of time scales. His ideas were not generally accepted and, although he wrote extensively on the subject, his papers were denied publication until four controversial papers appeared in the Journal of Theoretical Biology and Nature, 1971-1972. The essays generated vigorous debates among scientists all over the world, but ultimately, McClare's unorthodox views failed to gain the approval of established scientific opinion.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains revisions of a manuscript on biophysics as well as correspondence with George Mason University biology professor Harold Morowitz.

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Arrangement

Organized by subject and date.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds the Harold Morowitz papers.

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Index Terms

Persons:

McClare, Colin William Fraser, 1937-1977.
Morowitz, Harold J.

Subjects:

Biophysics.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Colin F. McClare papers, Collection #C0116, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Research Center staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in August 2009.

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Contents List

Colin McClare papers, 1960s-1970s
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence: McClare/Morowitz, 1972, 1974, 1976
2 Correspondence: Morowitz/McClare, G./Lieb/Rosenberg, 1977-1988
3 Revised McClare Manuscript Edited by Harold Morowitz and Shalid Khan, undated
4 Revised McClare Manuscript, undated
5 Manuscript of Book: Colin F. McClare, Preface to pg. 90, notes , undated
6 Manuscript of Book: Colin F. McClare, pages 91-150, notes, undated
7 Manuscript of Book: Colin F. McClare, pages 151-193, undated
8 Manuscript of Book: Colin McClare, pages 194-250, undated
9 Manuscript of Book: Colin McClare, pages 251-325, undated
10 Manuscript of Book: Colin McClare, pages 326-369, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Manuscript of Book: Colin F. McClare, pages 370-421, undated
2 Manuscript of Book: Colin F. McClare, pages 422-526, undated
3 Manuscript of Book: Colin F. McClare, notes, undated
4 Chemical Machines, Maxwell's Demon and Living Organisms, undated
5 Manuscript, undated
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