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A life of Ernest Starling by John Henderson

By John Henderson

Ernest Starling (1866-1927) used to be pre-eminent within the golden age of British body structure. His identify is generally linked to his legislations of the center, yet his discovery of secretin (the first hormone whose mode of motion was once defined) and his paintings on capillaries have been extra vital contributions. He coined the notice 'hormone' 100 years in the past. His research of capillary functionality tested that equivalent and opposite Read more...

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This seems a typically misanthropic gesture by Golding-Bird. In November 1896 the building of the new school must have been well under way, for the enlarged physiology department was opened by the Prince of Wales in May 1897. Why should Golding-Bird have wanted to prevent measures to collect money for it? Was it the suggestion of "endowment of chairs of research" that caused him to react in this way? Incidentally, this is the first mention of endowed chairs in Guy's; it was hardly a new idea, because the chair of physiology at University College, for example, had been endowed over twenty years before, in 1873.

Starling a n d H o p k i n s were too j u n i o r to a t t e n d these staff meetings, so they m u s t have b e e n baffled a n d frustrated by the c o m m i t t e e ' s carryingso n . By March 1895, Starling h a d c o m e to the e n d of his tether, a n d h e wrote to the Dean (Starling letter, 1895): 107 Clifton Hill NW March 16th 1895 Dear Dr Shaw You will remember that last year I wrote to the staff committee urging on them the desirability of uniting the practical with the theoretical teaching of Physiology and asking for some definite statement of my permanent prospects at Guy's.

1924). It seems characteristic of the social structure of the time that a research worker should marry his colleague's sister; social life and work were intertwined in a way that no longer exists in scientific communities. Ernest, of course, had only recently married the widow of a colleague. In 1895 Moses Bayliss died, and William, his only son, was suddenly a rich man. William and Gertrude inherited St. Cuthberts, and the house became a home-away-from-home for many visitors to University College.

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