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HUM 287

Kafatos, Fotis C. Fotis C. Kafatos personal archive, 1958-1990: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 287
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Kafatos, Fotis C.
Title: Fotis C. Kafatos personal archive
Date(s): 1958-1990
Quantity: 3.35 cubic feet (3 document boxes, 2 record cartons) )
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Fotis C. Kafatos (1940-2017) was professor of Biology at Harvard University (1969-1994) and chair of the Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology (1978-1981). The Fotis C. Kafatos personal archive chiefly contains Kafatos's class notes taken while he was a student at Cornell University (1958-1961) and Harvard University (1961-1963) primarily in the fields of biology and zoology, and his Harvard University lecture notes from 1965 to 1990 that he used in his biology classes. Also included are files documenting Kafatos's political and social activism from 1964 to 1981.

Acquisition information:

The Fotis C. Kafatos personal archive was donated to the Harvard University Archives.
Accession number: 12946; 1994 September 8.

Processing Information:

The Fotis C. Kafatos personal archive was processed from September 2017 to November 2017 by Dominic P. Grandinetti.
Processing included rehousing materials in the appropriate containers, establishment of series hierarchy, photocopying news clippings, and the creation of this finding aid.
Kafatos's original folder titles were retained; any folder titles and dates supplied by the archivist appear in brackets.
In all respects, the archivist attempted to retain and preserve the original arrangement and existing relationships of the documents as established by Fotis C. Kafatos. Processing and arrangement details of each series are noted at the series level.

Researcher Access:

The Fotis C. Kafatos personal archive is open for research with the following exceptions:
Student and personnel records are closed for 80 years. This restriction covers records that include grades, student papers, questionnaires, and class lists.
Restriction dates are noted at the folder level.

Preferred Citation:

Kafatos, Fotis C. Fotis C. Kafatos personal archive, 1958-1990. HUM 287. Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical note

Fotis Constantine Kafatos (1940-2017) received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University (1961) and masters (1962) and PhD (1965) degrees in biology from Harvard University. He became the youngest full Professor at Harvard in 1969, serving until 1994, during which time he chaired the Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology from 1978 to 1981. Under Kafatos's direction, the Harvard biological laboratory became one of the major training centers for silkworm molecular biology in the world. Simultaneously with his tenure at Harvard, Kafatos promoted training and development of life sciences in Greece, holding adjunct professorships at the University of Athens (1972-1982) and the University of Crete (1982-present). Kafatos founded and directed the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Research Centre of Crete (1982-1993). Additionally, Kafatos served as Director-General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory from 1993 to 2005.
A pioneer of developmental biology, genomics, and insect molecular analysis, Kafatos was one of the early leaders in the use of molecular approaches to the study of cellular development and helped establish the cDNA cloning technology that has been fundamental to the understanding of the use of genetic information. Kafatos's primary research interests include insect biology, the defense mechanisms of arthropods, molecular evolution, the immune system in insects, and the control of malaria. By introducing the development of molecular approaches to the understanding of the relationship between mosquitos, parasites, infection and the immune system, Kafatos made significant contributions to the study of mosquito-borne illnesses.

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Arrangement

Records are organized in three series: (1) Kafatos's class notes as a student, 1958-1963; (2) Harvard University lecture notes, 1961-1990; (3) Social activism files, 1964-1981.

Scope and content

This collection chiefly contains Kafatos's class notes taken while he was a student at Cornell University (1958-1961) and Harvard University (1961-1963) primarily in the fields of biology and zoology, and his Harvard University lecture notes from 1965 to 1990 that he used in his biology classes. Among the class notes are reading lists, syllabi, and examinations. Kafatos's Harvard University lecture notes illustrate his teaching methods, practices, and laboratory instruction in molecular and cellular biology and the natural sciences. The collection also includes files documenting Kafatos's political and social activism from 1964 to 1981 on such issues as the Vietnam War, the ecological effects of nuclear power plants, environmental pollution, human-rights, the social status of women and African-Americans, the military junta in Greece, and abortion.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Biology--Study and teaching (Higher)
Cocoons.
Insects--Development.
Antheraea.
Biologists
Scientists
Zoology.
Developmental biology.
Molecular biology.
Cytology.
Molecular evolution.
Genomics.
Natural immunity.
Malaria
Student protesters.
Black-and-white photographs.
Notebooks
Lecture notes.
Laboratory notes
Research notes.
Black-and-white slides.
Kafatos, Fotis C.
Cornell University -- Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program.
Harvard University--Alumni and alumnae.
Harvard University--Curricula.
Harvard University -- Students.
Foundation for Research and Technology (Greece)
Harvard University -- Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology.
Harvard University -- Department of Biology.
Harvard University -- Biology.
Harvard University. -- Student unrest

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