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Pharmacology Hall of Fame

The British Pharmacological Society launched the ‘Pharmacology Hall of Fame’ to raise awareness and understanding of individuals who have played key roles in the development of pharmacology. 

The Society’s membership elects annually five distinguished individuals to the Pharmacology Hall of Fame, based upon their distinction and peer recognition in science and/or long and valuable service to our Society.

If you have any questions about the Hall of Fame, please do not hesitate to contact the Society’s Head of Communications & Membership Katharine Steer (+44 (0)20 7239 0184).



Alfred Joseph Clark

19 Nov 2015

Elected in 2015. Born on 19 August 1885 in Glastonbury, UK. Died on 30 July 1941 in Edinburgh, UK. Achievements Clark was the leading UK pharmacologist during the 1930s, whose ideas underpin much of the modern development of pharmacology His enthusiasm for pharmacology came from his training in Natural Sciences and medicine, after which he took up research fellowships leading to appointment as lecturer in pharmacology at Guy’s Hospital in 1913 At the end of World War I, he was...

Eleanor Zaimis

19 Nov 2015

Elected in 2015. Born on 16 June 1914 in Galati, Romania. Died on 3 October 1982 in Athens, Greece. Achievements Eleanor — Nora to her friends — made substantial contributions in neuromuscular and cardiovascular pharmacology, and her work led to the development of methonium compounds and the discoveries of pentamethonium and hexamethonium that lowered blood pressure and decamethonium, the first synthetic neuromuscular blocker, for which she received the Lasker Award She was...

Joshua Harold Burn

19 Nov 2015

Elected in 2015. Born on 6 March 1892 in Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK. Died on 13 July 1981, Oxford, UK. Achievements Burn worked on the internal control of the body by the auto(matic)nomic nervous system, carrying out seminal work on the release of noradrenaline from sympatheric nerves and introducing the controversial Burn-Rand hypothesis He was known for the simplicity for his research, on which he wrote: “methods are good if they are accurate, rapid and simple, and...

Sir David Jack

19 Nov 2015

Elected in 2015. Born on 22 February 1924 in Markinch, UK. Died on 8 November 2011 in Hertfordshire, UK. Achievements Jack’s career started as an apprentice at Boots the Chemists, before he took a joint honours degree in Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Glasgow University and the Royal Technical College (now Strathclyde University) and a PhD from the University of London In 1961, Jack joined Allen and Hanburys (which had been recently acquired by Glaxo Holdings) as Head of...

Sir William Paton

19 Nov 2015

Elected in 2015. Born on 5 May 1917 in Hendon, UK. Died on 17 October 1993 in Oxford, UK.Achievements Paton was “marked for distinction” at an early age: following his graduation with a first class degree from New College, Oxford, he won gold medals during his clinical training at University College Hospital, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society before the age of 40, and was awarded the Gairdner Foundation International Award at the age of 42 He was responsible...

Bill Bowman

29 Sep 2014

Elected in 2014. Born on 26 April 1930 in Carlisle, UK. Died on 18 July 2013 in Rockcliffe, UK. Achievements Inspired by his pharmacist father, Bowman began his academic career with a first class degree specializing in pharmacology from the London School of Pharmacy, followed by a PhD from the University of Oxford He established the Department of Pharmacology at the new University of Strathclyde in 1966, putting Strathclyde firmly on the pharmacological map. He became successively...

Hans Kosterlitz

29 Sep 2014

Elected in 2014. Born on 27 April 1903 in Berlin, Germany. Died on 26 October 1996 in Aberdeen, UK.   Achievements: Kosterlitz is widely regarded as the discoverer of the enkephalins, the body's own natural opiates – and he only began this research late in his career, publishing his first paper on morphine at the age of 55 He was persistent in investigating pain relief and opioid receptors, and championed the use of methods for comparing potencies of opioid agonists and...

Heinz Otto Schild

29 Sep 2014

Elected in 2014. Born on 18 May 1906 in Fiume, Austria-Hungary, now Rijeka, Croatia. Died on 15 June 1984 in Leatherhead, UK.   Achievements: Schild’s work laid the foundations for many major developments in pharmacology. Originally trained in medicine, he remained interested in the application of pharmacology to clinical problems A major theme of his research was the mechanism of the anaphylactic response, and the role of histamine as a mediator. Using a range of in vivo...

Marthe Vogt

29 Sep 2014

Elected in 2014. Born on 8 September 1903 in Berlin, Germany. Died on 9 September 2003 in La Jolla, California, USA.   Achievements: In her classic paper on sympathin (adrenaline and noradrenaline), published in 1954 during her 17 years at the University of Edinburgh, Vogt proposed the chemical transmission of impulses between brain cells. Modern treatment of mental illness, including depression, is based on the presence and activity of these transmitters, which Vogt’s work...

Sir Derrick Dunlop

29 Sep 2014

Elected in 2014. Born on 3 April 1902 in Edinburgh, UK. Died on 19 June 1980 in Edinburgh, UK.   Achievements: After graduation from Oxford and Edinburgh, Dunlop worked briefly in London before returning to his native Edinburgh and taking up the Christison Chair of Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology at Edinburgh University at the early age of 34, and working as a senior physician in the Royal Infirmary He was described as “a quite superlative teacher” ...

Edith Bülbring

05 Sep 2013

Elected in 2013. Born on 27 December 1903 in Bonn, Germany. Died on 5 July 1990 in Oxford, UK. Achievements Bülbring pioneered research in the physiology and pharmacology of smooth muscle. Her greatest legacy is considered to be inspiring the many investigators from around the world who continued and expanded upon her work After qualifying as a doctor in 1928, she worked as an unpaid Assistant Pharmacologist in Berlin, where she began her lifelong friendship with Marthe Vogt...