!!Sir Arnold Burgen
Arnold Burgen was born in London, his father was a laboratory assistant. He grew up in Finchley and went to school at Squires Lane elementary school, Christ’s College and Woodhouse School. In 1939, he entered Middlesex Hospital Medical School on an Entrance scholarship. After a peripatetic studentship, he graduated in Medicine 1945 and became an Assistant Lecturer in Pharmacology and started research on aspects of neurotransmission which together with molecular aspects of drug action has been his main area of research.
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In 1949 Arnold Burgen went to McGill University, Montreal as a Professor of Physiology and later became head of research at one of the University teaching hospitals.
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He returned to England in 1962 as Professor of Pharmacology in Cambridge and a Fellow of Downing College and in 1966 Director of the MRC Molecular Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1964. In 1971 he became Director of the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill and in 1976 he was Knighted for services to medical research. Arnold Burgen  was Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society from 1981 till 1986.
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In 1982 he returned to Cambridge as Master of Darwin College and started the Darwin Lecture series. In 1988 became the first President of the Academia Europaea. He has been involved with many national and international organisations in science.
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Arnold Burgen married Judith Browne in 1945 and after her decease, Olga Kennard. He has two children.
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His writings have been mainly in pharmacology and physiology and aspects of medicines.


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