Authorised form of nameBarcroft; Henry (1904 - 1998)
Dates1904 - 1998
Place of birthCambridge
Date of birth18/10/1904
Place of deathLondon
Date of death10/01/1998
Entered King's College, Cambridge, in 1923 with an exhibition, and was awarded a double first in the Tripos examinations, and research studentships that enabled him to study circulatory problems in animals for the next two years.
Spent three years at St Mary's Hospital, London, completing his medical qualification, but decided immediately to become a scientist rather than a clinician. Within the prestigious department of physiology at University College London, he resumed his earlier animal work, but was, crucially, exposed to colleagues in other departments who were extending the application of scientific investigations to human clinical problems. Many of these colleagues subsequently assumed great importance in British medicine.
Lecturer in Physiology, University College London 1932-35; Dunville Professor of Physiology, Queen's University, Belfast 1935-48, where it was the specific hope and expectation of the university that his appointment would stimulate research in the Faculty of Medicine. It did so. Professor of Physiology, St Thomas's Hospital Medical School 1948-71 (Emeritus); Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Monographs of he Physiological Society.
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/03/1953
Age at election48
RelationshipsMarried 1933 Dr Bridget Ramsey died 1990; three sons, one daughter.
Son of Sir Joseph Barcroft (1872-1947) FRS 1910, a brilliant and charismatic Cambridge physiologist from an Irish Quaker background. His maternal grandfather, Sir Robert Ball, had been Astronomer Royal of Ireland and Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge.
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2000 vol 46 pp 1-17, plate, by A D M Greenfield and I C Roddie
Royal Society codeNA3637
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
GLB/65/21/4Brown to Henry Barcroft, Sherrington School of Physiology, St Thomas's Hospital21 February 1961
GLB/65/21/3Henry Barcroft, Sherrington School of Physiology, St Thomas's Hospital to Brown20 February 1961
GLB/65/21/15Henry Barcroft, Sherrington School of Physiology, St Thomas's Hospital to Brown21 April 1962
GLB/65/22/64Henry Barcroft, Highgate, London to Brown6 August 1969
GLB/65/22/65Brown's secretary to Henry Barcroft, Highgate, London14 August 1969
GLB/19/1/60Henry Barcroft, Sherrington School of Physiology, St Thomas' Hospital, London to Brown4 February 1960
GLB/65/21/13Henry Barcroft, Sherrington School of Physiology, St Thomas's Hospital to Brown2 April 1962
GLB/65/22/66Henry Barcroft, Highgate, London to Brown's secretary, Joan Watson17 August 1969
NLB/65/264Copy letter from William Bate Hardy, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir John Rose Bradford, KCMG, FRS1 October 1923
PB/1/33/2Correspondence concerning the Copley Medal of the Royal Society1956
EC/1953/03Barcroft, Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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