Log In

Alan Lloyd Hodgkin Edit Profile

biophysicist

Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, biophysicist. Achievements include devised (with Andrew Huxley) system of mathematical equations describing nerve impulse; worked with giant nerve fibers of squid, proving that electricity was direct causal agent of impulse propagation.

Background

Hodgkin, Alan Lloyd was born on February 5, 1914. Son of G. L. and M. F. (Wilson) Hodgkin.

Education

Student, Trinity College. Fellow, Cambridge University, 1936. Master of Arts, Doctor of Science(honorary), Cambridge University.

Doctor of Medicine(honorary), university of Berne, Louvain. Doctor of Science(honorary), university of Sheffield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, East Anglia, Manchester, Leicester, London, Newfoundland, Wales, Rockefeller University, Bristol, Oxford. Doctor of Laws(honorary), University Aberdeen, Cambridge.

Career

Science officer radar Air Ministry, also Ministry Aircraft Production, 1939—1945. Lecturer, then assistant director research Cambridge University, 1945—1952. Foulerton research professor Royal Society, 1952—1969.

John Humphrey Plummer professor biophysics University Cambridge, 1970—1981. Master Trinity College, Cambridge, 1978—1998. Member Medical Research Council, 1959—1963.

Chancellor University Leicester, 1971—1984.

Achievements

  • Achievements include devised (with Andrew Huxley) system of mathematical equations describing nerve impulse. Worked with giant nerve fibers of squid, proving that electricity was direct causal agent of impulse propagation.

Works

Membership

Fellow: Imperial College of Science, Royal Society (president 1970-1975, Royal medal 1958, Copley medal 1965), Indian National Science Academy (honorary), Girton College Cambridge (honorary). Member: National Academy of Sciences, Marine Biological Association United Kingdom 1966-1976, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Academy of Sciences (foreign member), American Philosophical Society (foreign member), Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (foreign member), Royal Irish Academy (honorary), Leopoldina Academy, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences (foreign member), American Academy Arts and Sciences (foreign honorary), Physiological Society.

Connections

Married Marion de Kay Rous, 1944. 4 children.

father:
G. L. Hodgkin

mother:
M. F. (Wilson) Hodgkin

spouse:
Marion de Kay Rous