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Papers of Lennard Bickel, 1909-1992 [manuscript]
Bib ID 612953
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Bickel, Lennard, 1913-2002
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1909-1992] 
3.60 m. (22 boxes) + 1 elephant folio. 

The collection mainly comprises research material for and drafts of books and journal and newspaper articles by Bickel. The papers also include correspondence, photographs, transcripts of interviews, reviews and printed matter. Topics include Howard Florey, Norman Borlaug, astronomy, Sir Douglas Mawson's Antarctic expedition, uranium, Frank Hurley, Sir Ernest Shackleton, space history, prostaglandins and cancer research, Aboriginal prehistory and the Ord River survey.

The GB 1993/0608 instalment includes manuscripts, photographs and research material relating to Bickel's work on Braille, Florey, Mawson, Shackleton, Rutherford and Elizabeth Macarthur, as well as general correspondence, articles, reviews, talks, press cuttings and other memorabilia.


Journalist and historian. Bickel was a science writer for the ABC who also worked in that capacity for the Australian, 1960-1969. He was the only Australian journalist invited to witness the 1969 Apollo II moon landing from the launch site. In 1970 Bickel was awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fellowship in order to write Rise up to life: a biography of Howard Walter Florey who gave penicillin to the world (1972). Among Bickel's other publications are, This accursed land (1977), The deadly element: the story of uranium (1979), and, Shackleton's forgotten men: the untold tragedy of the Endurance epic (2000), as well as articles on a diverse range of subjects. Bickel served as a member of the management committee on the Council of the Australian Society of Authors. In 1974 Bickel was made a Knight of the Order of Mark Twain for his biography of Norman Borlaug.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 8432, MS Acc GB 1993/0608.

Associated materials: Papers of Lennard Bickel, 1960-1969 MS 2721.

Related Material Lennard Bickel collection of photographs; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/8578/1-29. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and on the Internet at: 
Subjects Bickel, Lennard, 1913-2002 -- Archives.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Science writers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1909-1992 
Occupation Journalists.  |  Historians.


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