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Portrait of Edgar, Baron Adrian

Portrait of Edgar, Baron Adrian

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A. BARRINGTON BROWN, © GONVILLE & CAIUS COLLEGE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A. BARRINGTON BROWN, © GONVILLE & CAIUS COLLEGE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Edgar Adrian (1889-1977), later Baron Adrian, British neurophysiologist and Nobel Laureate. Adrian was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and began his research before World War I. After the war he began the study of the transmission of signals by nerves. He showed that the strength of a nerve signal does not increase with the stimulus; in fact nerves transmit by frequency modulation. As the stimulus increases, the frequency of nerve signals (pulses per second) increases. It was for this work that he shared the 1932 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He is also remembered as a great sportsman and wit by his colleagues. Photographed in the early 1950s.

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