Inventory of the
Robert Hall Haynes fonds

Inventory #F0321

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0321
Title:Robert Hall Haynes fonds
Extent:12.53 m of textual records
ca. 200 photographs
10 film reels
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Robert Hall Haynes was an educator, author and scientist. He was born in London, Ontario on 27 August 1931. Haynes received his primary and secondary school education in Port Colborne and Brantford respectively. He graduated in mathematics and physics (BSc 1953), and biophysics (PhD 1957), from the University of Western Ontario. In the mid-1950s Haynes joined a small, but historically significant, movement of physicists into biology that had begun a few years before the Second World War in Germany and the United Kingdom. Haynes was appointed to the Department of Biology in 1968. He served as chair of the department, 1968-1973, and was named a University Distinguished Research Emeritus Professor of Biology in 1992. Prior to his tenure at York, Haynes taught at the University of Chicago (1958-1964) and the University of California-Berkeley (1964-1968). Haynes served on several research-related boards and committees during his career, including the Canadian Association for Advanced Research (1987- ), National Research Council of Canada (1975-1982), as well as serving as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Life Sciences, of the National Science, Engineering and Research Council of Canada (1985-1987). In addition, he participated in and served on Canadian and American editorial boards and professional bodies dealing with biophysics and mutagenesis. Haynes travelled and lectured extensively as a visiting professor and/or research fellow at facilities around the world including the U.S.S.R., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan and other countries. Haynes retired from York in 1992. He authored over 100 articles in scholarly journals and was editor of several works. Haynes was an Officer of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He passed away on 22 December 1998.
Scope and Content:

The fonds consists of lecture notes, research notes, and professional outgoing correspondence and original responses with York University colleagues, fellow scientists, researchers, students, and institutions concerning Haynes' research and teaching activities. The fonds also consists of scientific and other papers written or edited by Professor Haynes.

Restrictions on
Access and Use:
Some access restrictions apply. Please contact the University Archivist for more information. Written permission to view the parts of the fonds must be obtained from Professor Jane Banfield (Mrs. Haynes) and be directed to the University Archivist, York University.
Finding Aid: File lists available.
URL of Finding Aid:http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000321.pdf
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1984-010, 1999-009, 2003-016. Further accruals may be expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Accession 1984-010 donated by Robert Haynes in August 1984. Accessions 1999-040 and 2003-016 donated by Professor Jane Banfield in March 1999 and May 2003 respectively.
Subject Access Points:Haynes, Robert Hall, 1931-1998
Provenance Access Points:Haynes, Robert Hall, 1931-1998

Date of creation: 2002/04/04
Date of last revision: 2003/06/06
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