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Department of Pharmacology



We were greatly saddened to learn of the death of Professor Sir Arnold Burgen FRS MAE, shortly after he celebrated his 100th birthday.    


Arnold Burgen was Sheild Professor of Pharmacology from 1962-1971 and was a greatly valued colleague and mentor. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1964 and was its Foreign Secretary from 1981-1986. He became the Director of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill in 1971, and in 1976 he was Knighted for services to medical research. In 1982 he was elected Master of Darwin College, where he started the distinguished series of Darwin Lectures. He was elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 1984 and Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 1988. He became Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1985–1989, and in 1988 he was the founding President of Academia Europaea.