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Charles Sherrington was a Nobel Prize winning English scientist who explained the function of neurons in the human body

InformationDetail
BirthdayNovember 27, 1857
Died onMarch 4, 1952
NationalityBritish
FamousNeurophysiologist, Scientists, Physiologists
HobbiesHistory, Photography, Poetry
SpousesEthel Mary Wright
SiblingsGeorge Sherrington, William Sherrington
Known asSir Charles Scott Sherrington, Sir Charles Sherrington
Childrens Carr E.R. Sherrington
Universities
  • King's College London
  • 1886 - Gonville and Caius College
  • Cambridge
  • Ipswich Grammar School
  • Ipswich School
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • University of Cambridge
Birth PlaceIslington
GenderMale
FatherJames Norton Sherrington
MotherAnne Brookes
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inIslington
Famous asNeurophysiologist
Died at Age94

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Who is Charles Scott Sherrington?

Doctor Sir Charles Scott Sherrington is one of the most famous scientists who studied neurons and the work of reflexes in the body. Born in the heart of the British Empire, Charles was raised in an environment that fostered education and a love for the arts, which remained with him for the rest of his life. After studying in a prestigious school, he was guided by excellent mentors in the university, from where he earned a degree in medicine. Sherrington doggedly pursued his education for years, combining his studies with hands-on research into neurology and pathology of both animals and humans. After successfully completing a number of elite degrees, Sherrington became a professor, where he continued to conduct groundbreaking research into bacteriology, pathology and neurology. His work garnered enough attention that he later became a professor at two extremely prestigious universities, as well as being awarded two dozen honorary degrees from other universities around the world. For his service to Britain, Charles was knighted by the Queen of England. His book on animal physiology served as a standard textbook for university students for several decades. After an extremely long and productive professional life, Sherrington retired, where he continued to correspond with his students and fellow intellectuals around the world. Dying of natural causes at an advanced age, Charles Sherrington is hailed internationally as a pioneering scientist in the fields of neurology and pathology.

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Childhood & Early Life

Charles Sherrington was born in Islington, an area of London, Great Britain, on November 27, 1857. The identity of his parents has been a subject of debate, with some sources saying his father was James Norton Sherrington, a country doctor, and Anne Brookes. Other sources say that Charles, as well as both of his brothers, were the sons of Anne Brooks and Caleb Rose, a surgeon in Ipswich.

Charles grew up under the tutelage of Caleb Rose, who maintained an excellent selection of books, paintings and geological items, which sponsored a lifelong love of art and intellectual curiosity. At the age of 14, he enrolled in the ‘Ipswich School’.

As a young man, he began studying with the ‘Royal College of Surgeons’ in England. He also wanted to study at Cambridge but his family could not afford it.

In 1876, he enrolled at St. Thomas' hospital to study medicine. Three years later, he entered Cambridge as a non-collegiate student to pursue a course in physiology.

In 1883, he took home many top honors in ‘Natural Sciences Tripos’, an international academic competition.

Career

In 1884, he was admitted as a member of the ‘Royal College of Surgeons’. The same year, he and a fellow scientist published a landmark paper on brain surgery they had conducted on a dog.

In 1885, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from ‘Cambridge University’. He was also hired by ‘Cambridge University’ to travel to Spain to investigate an outbreak of Asiatic cholera.

In 1886, Sherrington successfully became a licentiate of the ‘Royal College of Physicians’, a prestigious group of elite medical experts. During the same year, he was sent to Italy to investigate another cholera outbreak.

In 1891, he was appointed to become the superintendent of the ‘Brown Institute for Advanced Physiological and Pathological Research’ of the ‘University of London’, where he conducted both human and animal research.

In 1892, he discovered the unique muscles that initiate the stretch reflex. For the next two years, Charles would publish several papers on the subject of spinal reflexes and nerve supply to the muscles.

In 1895, he became the Professor of Physiology at Liverpool. Two years later, Sherrington gave a famous lecture entitled the 'Croonian Lecture' on his work on animal pathology.

In 1906, a compendium of ten of Sherrington's lectures, delivered at ‘Yale University’ was published in a book entitled 'The Integrative Action of the Nervous System'.

In 1913, he was awarded the ‘Waynflete Chair of Physiology’ at ‘Oxford University’. Several of his students went on to be Nobel laureates.

In 1919, he published his landmark book 'Mammalian Physiology: a Course of Practical Exercises'.

In 1925, he published 'The Assaying of Brantius and other Verse', a book of poems about World War I.

In 1933, he gave a much-admired lecture in Cambridge entitled 'The Brain and its Mechanism' outlying his belief that mental performance affected physiological processes.

In 1936, he retired from Oxford. He then moved back to Ipswich and built his own house, where he continued to correspond with students and intellectuals around the world.

In 1940, a book entitled 'Man on His Nature', featuring Sherrington's thoughts on philosophy and religion, was published.

Major Works

Though Charles Sherrington is credited with numerous discoveries in the field of biology, his most important contribution is the theory which explains the function of a neuron and the mechanism behind occurrence of reflexes in the human body, known as the ‘Sherrington’s Law’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1932, Sherrington was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his theories on the human nervous system particularly the workings of a neuron.

In 1922, he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He also won several other extremely prestigious scientific awards and was given honorary doctorates from 22 different universities around the world.

Personal Life & Legacy

On August 27, 1891, Charles Sherrington married Ethel Mary Wright. Together, they had one son, Carr E.R. Sherrington.

On March 4, 1952, this eminent scientist breathed his last in Sussex, England at the age of 94.

In 1916, he openly supported women being admitted to the medical school at ‘Oxford University’, making him an early feminist. His favorite past-time was collecting and reading old books.

Two different reflexes, two laws about spinal nerves, and a phenomenon concerning skeletal muscles, are all named after this eminent scientist.

Trivia

During WW1, Sherrington worked at a shell factory in Birmingham, England

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Charles Scott Sherrington awards

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1932 - Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
1927 - Copley Medal

Charles Scott Sherrington biography timelines

  • // 27th Nov 1857
    Charles Sherrington was born in Islington, an area of London, Great Britain, on November 27, 1857. The identity of his parents has been a subject of debate, with some sources saying his father was James Norton Sherrington, a country doctor, and Anne Brookes. Other sources say that Charles, as well as both of his brothers, were the sons of Anne Brooks and Caleb Rose, a surgeon in Ipswich.
  • // 1876
    In 1876, he enrolled at St. Thomas' hospital to study medicine. Three years later, he entered Cambridge as a non-collegiate student to pursue a course in physiology.
  • // 1883
    In 1883, he took home many top honors in ‘Natural Sciences Tripos’, an international academic competition.
  • // 1884
    In 1884, he was admitted as a member of the ‘Royal College of Surgeons’. The same year, he and a fellow scientist published a landmark paper on brain surgery they had conducted on a dog.
  • // 1885
    In 1885, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from ‘Cambridge University’. He was also hired by ‘Cambridge University’ to travel to Spain to investigate an outbreak of Asiatic cholera.
  • // 1886
    In 1886, Sherrington successfully became a licentiate of the ‘Royal College of Physicians’, a prestigious group of elite medical experts. During the same year, he was sent to Italy to investigate another cholera outbreak.
  • // 1891
    In 1891, he was appointed to become the superintendent of the ‘Brown Institute for Advanced Physiological and Pathological Research’ of the ‘University of London’, where he conducted both human and animal research.
  • // 27th Aug 1891
    On August 27, 1891, Charles Sherrington married Ethel Mary Wright. Together, they had one son, Carr E.R. Sherrington.
  • // 1892
    In 1892, he discovered the unique muscles that initiate the stretch reflex. For the next two years, Charles would publish several papers on the subject of spinal reflexes and nerve supply to the muscles.
  • // 1895
    In 1895, he became the Professor of Physiology at Liverpool. Two years later, Sherrington gave a famous lecture entitled the 'Croonian Lecture' on his work on animal pathology.
  • // 1906
    In 1906, a compendium of ten of Sherrington's lectures, delivered at ‘Yale University’ was published in a book entitled 'The Integrative Action of the Nervous System'.
  • // 1913
    In 1913, he was awarded the ‘Waynflete Chair of Physiology’ at ‘Oxford University’. Several of his students went on to be Nobel laureates.
  • // 1916
    In 1916, he openly supported women being admitted to the medical school at ‘Oxford University’, making him an early feminist. His favorite past-time was collecting and reading old books.
  • // 1919
    In 1919, he published his landmark book 'Mammalian Physiology: a Course of Practical Exercises'.
  • // 1922
    In 1922, he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He also won several other extremely prestigious scientific awards and was given honorary doctorates from 22 different universities around the world.
  • // 1925
    In 1925, he published 'The Assaying of Brantius and other Verse', a book of poems about World War I.
  • // 1932
    In 1932, Sherrington was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his theories on the human nervous system particularly the workings of a neuron.
  • // 1933
    In 1933, he gave a much-admired lecture in Cambridge entitled 'The Brain and its Mechanism' outlying his belief that mental performance affected physiological processes.
  • // 1936
    In 1936, he retired from Oxford. He then moved back to Ipswich and built his own house, where he continued to correspond with students and intellectuals around the world.
  • // 1940
    In 1940, a book entitled 'Man on His Nature', featuring Sherrington's thoughts on philosophy and religion, was published.
  • // 4th Mar 1952
    On March 4, 1952, this eminent scientist breathed his last in Sussex, England at the age of 94.

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    Charles Scott Sherrington's spouses is Ethel Mary Wright

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    Charles Scott Sherrington's siblings is George Sherrington, William Sherrington

  • Who is Charles Scott Sherrington childrens?

    Charles Scott Sherrington's childrens is Carr E.R. Sherrington

  • What was Charles Scott Sherrington universities?

    Charles Scott Sherrington studied at King's College London, 1886 - Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Ipswich Grammar School, Ipswich School, Royal College of Surgeons of England, University of Cambridge

  • Who is Charles Scott Sherrington's father?

    Charles Scott Sherrington's father is James Norton Sherrington

  • Who is Charles Scott Sherrington's mother?

    Charles Scott Sherrington's mother is Anne Brookes

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    Charles Scott Sherrington is Sagittarius

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