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Welcome to the Photographic Unit’s Digitisation Suite (PUDS) Blog

Over the next 12 months digitisers Sam Dyer and Jamie Dunn, along with Project Manager Dr Sam Maddra, will be embarking on their first major digitisation task, the Glasgow Modern Genetics Wellcome Digital Library Project.

The Wellcome Digital Library (WDL) has selected for inclusion in their pilot project “Modern Genetics and its Foundations,” the papers of three influential Glasgow Geneticists:

  • Guido Pontecorvo (1907-1999), who liked to be known by his nickname, Ponte, was the University’s first Professor of Genetics, 1955 to 1968, and has been described as “one of the founding fathers of modern genetics”. He endowed prizes and scholarships for students at the University and the Genetics Building was named for him in 1994.  For more information click here
  • James (Jim) Harrison Renwick (1926-1994) was a Titular Professor of Genetics at the University from 1967-1968 and made a fundamental contribution to modern genetics. For a period of nearly 20 years up to the early 1970s, he pioneered the use of genetic markers to map disease genes on human chromosomes, seeing this field develop from its infancy.  For more information click here
  • Malcolm Ferguson-Smith (1931 – ) is an award winning graduate of the University who was Professor of Medical Genetics from 1973 until 1987 and a celebrated geneticist who contributed significantly to gene mapping. In the 1970s he established a Regional Genetics Service for the West of Scotland which provided the opportunity for continuing clinical genetics research and the development of prenatal diagnosis and screening for Down syndrome and spina bifida.  For more information click here

The result of the Wellcome Library’s ambitious project will be the creation of a groundbreaking digital library, allowing current and future generations of researchers a wealth of online materials.

We will be keeping this blog updated as the project progresses, along with photos and a running commentary.

The Staff

Dr Sam Maddra graduated in 2009 from the University of Glasgow with an MSc in Information Management and Preservation.  As Project Archivist she has worked on a wide variety of projects including: auditing and appraising the TSB (Scotland) Archive; cataloguing the Stoddard Templeton Design Archive; auditing the films and papers of Eric C A Lucey (1923-2010); and cataloguing the Papers of Edwin Morgan (1920-2010).


Sam Dyer graduated in 2009 from Glasgow Metropolitan College with an Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography. He was shortlisted in 2008 for the Herald Student Press Awards and produced a documentary on Michael Russell MSP, Scottish Environment Secretary. He was a professional studio portrait photographer before coming to work at the University Photo Unit.


Jamie Dunn graduated in 2011 with a HND in Professional Photography from Reid Kerr College. He won the Scotland’s People Nikon/ Calumet Portrait Award in 2010 and was a freelance artist, wedding and digitisation photographer before coming to work at the University Photo Unit.

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5 replies

  1. To Sam Maddra,

    Interested to see that you have worked on Eric Lucey’s material. Please mail me for a discussion.



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