Authorised form of nameGaddum; Sir; John Henry (1900 - 1965); Physiologist
ForenamesJohn Henry
Dates1900 - 1965
Dates and placesBirth:
Hale, Cheshire (31 March 1900)
30 June 1965
ActivityResearch Field;
Physiology, pharmacology
Miss Wallace's Day School, Bowdon, Cheshire; Moorland House School, Heswall, Cheshire; Rugby School; Trinity College Cambridge; University College Hospital, London
Wellcome Research Laboratories (1925-1927); National Institute for Medical Research, Hampstead (1927-1934); Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Cairo (1934-1935); Professor of Pharmacology at University College London (1935-1938); Chair of Pharmacology at College of the Pharmaceutical Society, London (1938); Chemical Defence Research Station, Porton Down (1939-1942); Chair of Materia Medica at University of Edinburgh (1942-1958); Director of Institute of Animal Physiology in Babraham, Cambridge (1958-1965); member of Medical Reseerch Council (1948-1951); corresponding member of the Societe Philomathique de Paris; honorary member of the Italian and Argentine Pharmacological Societies; member of the New York Acodemy of Sciences, and of the Deutsche Akademie fur Naturforschung; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Honarary LL.D Edinburgh.
Kt 1964
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsHis wife, Iris Mary Harmer, MB, B.Chir., MRCP won first class honours in natural science tripos at Cambridge, and did outstanding clinical research at University College London, under Sir Thomas Lewis. Their joint publications in 1926 and 1927 provided some of the first experimental evidence for the release of histamine-like substances in the human skin in response to injury. Her grandfather, Frederic William Harmer, was a geologist and authority on on Pleicene Mollusca and glacial erratics; proposed for Fellowship to the Royal Society
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1967 vol 13 pp 57-77, plate, by W Feldberg
A F Bristow, T Barrowcliffe and D R Bangham, 'Standardization of biological medicines: the first hundred years, 1900-2000' in NR 2006 vol 60 pp 271-289
R Pohancenik 'Pharmacology and War: the papers of Sir Henry Gaddum (1900-65)' NR 2007 Vol 61 pp 347-348
Alan W Cuthbert ' A brief history of the British Pharmacological Society' , BJP [British Pharmacological Sciety] Volume 147 ((S1), January 2006 pp S2 - S8
Royal Society codeNA1826
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
JHG/4Reviews and Theses Reports1939-1957
GLB/44/29J H Gaddum, Pharmacological Laboratory, University of Edinburgh to Brown21 August 1952
MDA/A/25/11Correspondence of A V Hill, J H Gaddum - Arthur Geddes1940s
JHG/6Course Lecture Notes1940s-1958
JHG/3Working Papers 1920s-1960s
JHG/11Juvenilia and Souvenirs1920s-1950s
JHG/5Lecture Scripts1930s-1960s
JHG/9/5/13Letter from Sir Henry Dale to J H Gaddum25 December 1935
JHG/1Diaries, Visit to America1948
CMB/281/49Notes on papers passed for publication in the Proceedings1962
HB/12/53Letter from J H Gaddum, Pharmacological Laboratory, University New Buildings, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, to Henry Barcroft, Dept of Physiology, Queen's University, Belfast31 October 1946
OL/20/17Letter from J H Gaddum to Otto Loewi23 July 1953
JHG/8Reviews and Publications1930s-1960s
MM/22/80Letter from John Henry Gaddum, Department of Pharmacology, University New Buildings, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, to Maurice M Rapport, 444 East 68th Street, New York 21, New York, USA26 October 1951
JHG/7Slides and Photographs1930s-1960s
RR/43/33Referee's report by Frank Horton, on a paper 'A simple method of measuring surface tension' by John Henry GaddumAugust 1931
RR/41/30Referee's report by Charles James Martin, on a paper 'The production of histamine from histidine by ultra-violet light and the absorption spectra of these substances' by R B Bourdillon, John Henry Gaddum and R G C Jenkins26 April 1930
JHG/2Laboratory notebooks kept by John Henry Gaddum1922-1964
IM/GA/WS/1805Gaddum, Sir John Henry1946
MM/22/78Copy letter from John Henry Gaddum, Department of Pharmacology, University New Buildings, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, to Dr [Maurice] Rapport24 August 1951
JHGSir John Henry Gaddum Papers1922-1965
HD/25/21Presentation album for Henry Dale on his retirement from the National Institute for Medical Research 30 September 1942
EC/1945/04Gaddum, Sir John Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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