Papers of Margaret Pickles

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Papers of Margaret Pickles


Personal papers of Margaret Pickles, a clinical pathologist and microbiologist who worked at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.

Extent: 0.7 Linear metres, 4 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full Range of Shelfmarks

MS. 12305/1, MSS. 12305 Photogr. 1-3.


Margaret Pickles, known as Peggy, came to the University of Oxford to study botany but switched to physiology, earning her bachelor's degree at Somerville College in Oxford in 1936. After winning a competitive examination she studied for the next three years at the University College Hospital Medical School in London, while completing her medical examinations in Oxford. She qualified as a doctor in 1939 and worked at the Bearsted Maternity Hospital and the Royal East Sussex Hospital in Hastings, returning to Oxford in 1941 to work at the Radcliffe Infirmary as the Nuffield Graduate Assistant in Pathology. She completed her doctorate (D.M.) at Somerville in 1947, which was published as Haemolytic disease of the newborn in 1949 and continued to work as a clinical pathologist and immunologist

In 1950, aged 36, she married Alastair Robb-Smith, a distinguished pathologist who had been appointed Nuffield Reader in Pathology and head of pathology at Oxford's clinical school (now the Nuffield Department of Medicine) in 1937, at the age of 29.

Her interests extended beyond medicine. In 1960 she published (under the name Margaret Pickles) The Birds of Blenheim Park with the Oxford Ornithological Society. She also continued her botanical studies, breeding daffodils at her home, Chaucer's House in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Scope and Content

Mainly comprises Margaret Pickles' degree certificates, registration certificates and licenses, as well as family photographs.


Transferred from the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, 2016.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12305/1].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Robb-Smith | Alastair Hamish Tearloch | 1908-2000 | pathologist
Robb-Smith | Margaret Muriel | 1914-2006 | née Pickles | doctor


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Correspondence and papers
Date: [1936]-1962
Shelfmark: MS. 12305/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content


Date: c. 1900-c. 1920
Shelfmark: MS. 12305 Photogr. 1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Cuttings relating to World War I and a family photograph album.

Portrait portfolio
Date: c. 1930s
Shelfmark: MS. 12305 Photogr. 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Two studio portraits of [Alastair Robb-Smith?], n.d.

Loose photographs
Date: c. 1977-1978, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. 12305 Photogr. 3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content


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