Walter Morley Fletcher FRS (1873-1933)
Sir Walter Morley Fletcher was the very first Secretary of the MRC and regarded as its guiding spirit. He was a physiologist and worked on muscle respiration, using techniques from biophysics and biochemistry to elucidate the chemical exchanges in contracting muscle.
- 1873 Born in London 21 July
- 1891 Studied physiology at Trinity College, Cambridge
- 1897 Elected to Trinity Fellowship. Started clinical training at St Barts Hospital 1914 Became Secretary of the Medical Research Committee
- 1915 Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society. Royal Society Croonian Lecturer 1918 Knighted
- 1933 Died 7 June
Gowland Hopkins said:
The interests of the National Institute were very near to [Fletcher’s] heart and he felt great pride in the important gains to knowledge which have arisen from the devoted and brilliant labours of its staff. The Institute has been a home of the team spirit in research. 
After his death a memorial fund was established which funded both a memorial statue and a hall for meetings and lectures at NIMR – the Fletcher Memorial Hall.
- Memorial to the late Sir Walter Morley Fletcher (1873-1933) : secretary of the Medical Research Council, 1914-1933 (Oxford, England: Medical Research Council, 1937).