Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian

About Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian

Who is it?: Electrophysiologist
Birth Day: November 30, 1889
Birth Place: Hampstead, British
Preceded by: Sir Robert Robinson
Succeeded by: Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood
Spouse(s): Hester Adrian (m. 1923)
Children: Anne Keynes Richard Adrian (1927–1995) Jennet Campbell (b. 1927)
Alma mater: University of Cambridge
Awards: Fellow of the Royal Society Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1932 Royal Medal (1934) Copley Medal (1946) Albert Medal (1953)
Fields: Biology (electrophysiology)

Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian

Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian was born on November 30, 1889 in Hampstead, British, is Electrophysiologist. Edgar Adrian, the First Baron Adrian, was an outstanding English electrophysiologist, who, along with Sir Charles Sherrington, jointly won the 1932 Nobel Prize for Physiology for their discoveries regarding the functions of neurons. A bright student from his childhood, he had his education first at Westminster School, London and then at Trinity College, Cambridge. While working for his graduate degree at Trinity, he came under the influence of Keith Lucas, a pioneer in neuroscience. He soon developed an interest in the subject and took up research on all-or-none law of physiology during his post graduate study. The work earned him the Fellowship of Trinity College at the age of 24. Nonetheless, he continued working for his medical degree and spent the war years working with nerve damaged or nerve disorder soldiers at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. As the war ended, he went back to Cambridge, devoting his life to teaching and research. Apart from making significant contribution to neuroscience he also held many important positions throughout his life. He was made a member of the Order of Merit and created First Baron Adrian of Cambridge for his contribution to neurology.
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As per our current Database, Edgar Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian has been died on 4 August 1977(1977-08-04) (aged 87)\nCambridge, Cambridgeshire.

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Age 87 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 30, 1889 (Hampstead, British)
Birthday November 30
Town/City Hampstead, British
Nationality British

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Adrian was born at Hampstead, London, to Alfred Douglas Adrian, legal adviser to the Local Government Board, and Flora Lavinia Barton. He attended Westminster School and studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1911 and in 1913, he was elected to a Fellowship of Trinity College on account of his research into the "all or none" law of nerves.


After completing a medical degree in 1915, he did clinical work at St Bartholomew's Hospital London during World War I, treating Soldiers with nerve damage and nervous disorders such as shell shock. Adrian returned to Cambridge as a lecturer and in 1925 began research on the human sensory organs by electrical methods.


Adrian married Hester Agnes Pinsent on 14 June 1923 and they had three offspring – a daughter and mixed twins:


A key result, published in 1928, stated that the excitation of the skin under constant stimulus is initially strong but gradually decreases over time, whereas the sensory impulses passing along the nerves from the point of contact are constant in strength, yet are reduced in frequency over time, and the sensation in the brain diminishes as a result.


Positions that he held during his career included Foulerton Professor 1929–1937; Professor of Physiology in the University of Cambridge 1937–1951; President of the Royal Society 1950–1955; Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1951–1965; President of the Royal Society of Medicine 1960–1962; Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1967–1975; Chancellor of the University of Leicester 1957–1971. Adrian was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1938. In 1946 he became foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1942 he was awarded membership to the Order of Merit and in 1955 was created Baron Adrian, of Cambridge in the County of Cambridge.

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