Arnold Stanley Vincent Burgen FRS

Arnold Burgen was the fourth Director of NIMR, and had a strong reputation for research into the molecular interactions between drugs and receptors. During his medical studies Burgen was inspired by Samson Wright’s manner of teaching physiology by “always asking questions during lectures”. After gaining membership to the Royal College of Physicians i 1946 Burgen married Judith, a nurse on his rotation. Influenced by Wright’s friend Henry Dale, he began research into the pharmacology of acetylcholine and registered for, but did not complete a PhD, as the intended project only took a year to finish.

1922 Born in Clapton, East London
1945 Qualified in medicine, Middlesex Hospital Medical School
1946 Membership, Royal College of Physicians
1946 House Physician, then Assistant Lecturer in Pharmacology, Middlesex Hospital Medical School
1949 Department of Physiology, McGill University
1962 Chair of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge
1964 Fellow of the Royal Society
1967 Honorary Director, MRC Molecular Pharmacology Unit, University of Cambridge
1971 Appointed Director of NIMR
1980 Appointed Vice-President of the Royal Society (to 1986)
1981 Foreign secretary, Royal Society (to 1986)
1982 Appointed Master of Darwin College

Arnold Burgen
Arnold Burgen


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