Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin(1914-1998), Physiologist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Hodgkin received a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied the application of energy to nerve fibres. In 1939 he collaborated with Andrew Huxley to develop this research, but this was suspended at the outbreak of war, when he volunteered for the RAF. His war work included developing short-wave airborne radar to improve aircraft interception. His study with Huxley was published in 1952, and they were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1963. In his long career, Hodgkin also served as Professor of Biophysics at Cambridge and President of The Royal Society. He was knighted in 1972, and in 1992 published his autobiography in memory of the scientists who had lost their lives during the wartime work on radar.
by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
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