Sir Arnold Burgen, FRS (b.1922)
Elected Honorary Fellow 1970
The eminent pharmacologist and physician, Sir Arnold Burgen, served as Master of Darwin College from 1982 to 1989 and as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University from ’85 to ‘89. He grew up in Finchley, attending Middlesex Hospital Medical School during World War II and staying on to work as Assistant Lecturer in Pharmacology, after the war. He later moved to Canada to spend thirteen years as Professor of Physiology at McGill University, during part of which time he also worked as Deputy Director of the University Clinic at Montreal General Hospital. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1964, shortly after his return to England and later became its Foreign Secretary. He spent nine years as a Fellow and Shield Professor of Pharmacology at Downing before becoming Director of the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill. He was knighted for his services to medical research. Sir Arnold was the Founding President of Academia Europæa.