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Derek Ernest Denny-Brown, New Zealand physician. Decorated officer Order British Empire; Order Unanue (Peru).


Denny-Brown, Derek Ernest was born on June 1, 1901 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Son of Charles and Marian F. (Denny) Denny-B.


Bachelor of Medicine, U. New Zealand, 1924, Doctor of Medicine 1946. Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford (Beit Research fellow), 1928. A.M. (honorary), Harvard, 1943.

Doctor of Laws, Wayne State University, 1959, U. Glasgow, 1970. D.Sci., Otago U., New Zealand, 1969.


Came to the United States, 1941, naturalized, 1952. House officer, registrar, later visiting physician National Hospital Nervous Diseases, London, England., 1928-1941. Neurologist St. Bartholomews Hospital and College, London, 1935-1941.

Professor neurology Harvard, 1941-1946, James Jackson Putnam professor neurology, 1946. Director neurological unit. neurologist-in-chief Boston City Hospital, 1941-1967, president medical staff, 1966. Chief section neurophysiology N.E. Primate Research Center, 1967-1972.

Chairman board consultant National Institute Neurological Disease and Blindness, 1965-1966.


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Served with Royal Army Medical Corps, 1939-1941, India Burma, 1945-1946, advancing from major to brigadier general. Fellow Royal College Physicians. Member Canadian, German, Mexican, Peruvian neurological societies.

Member Physiological Society, American Neurological Association (past president), Association American Physicians, Association British Neurologists, Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston Society Psychiatry and Neurology (past president), American Association Neuropathologists (past president), Philadelphia Neurological Society (honorary), Neurological Society Paris (honorary), Swiss Neurological (correspondent.


Married Sylvia Summerhayes, March 17, 1937. Children: Bruce Charles, Martin John, Myles Robert, John Summerhayes.

Charles Denny-B.

Marian F. (Denny) Denny-B.

Sylvia Summerhayes

Bruce Charles Denny-Brown

Myles Robert Denny-Brown

John Summerhayes Denny-Brown

Martin John Denny-Brown