Authorised form of namePeart; Sir; William Stanley (1922 - 2019)
ForenamesWilliam Stanley
Dates1922 - 2019
Dates and placesBirth:
South Shields, Co Durham (31 March 1922)
Highgate, London, UK (14 March 2019)
Research field:
Nephrology; Endocrinology
King's College School; Bradford Grammar School; St Mary's Hospital Medical School
Kt 1985
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Buchanan Medal 2000
1973-1974, 1987-1988; VP 1987-1988
General contextStanley Peart was a doctor and clinical researcher who was first to demonstrate the release of noradrenaline after the stimulation of sympathetic nerves. However, Stanley’s main research interest lay in renal medicine and in particular, a hormone system that regulates blood pressure and water called the renin–angiotensin system.

He was the first to purify the peptide hormone angiotensin and determine its structure. He later isolated the enzyme renin — which catalyses the production of angiotensin — and carried out important work to investigate the control of its release in the body. Stanley was also acknowledged as being the driving force behind the development of the renal transplant programme at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

Stanley was Chair of the Medical Research Society for more than a decade and later a member of the Medical Research Council. Stanley was also a trustee of the Wellcome Trust, where he headed their first clinical panel. He was knighted in 1985.

Sir Stanley Peart FMedSci FRS died on 14 March 2019.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5176
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1969/24Peart, William Stanley: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/003475Peart, Sir William Stanley2000
JV/11/7/170Letter from Professor W S Peart, FRS (Medical Unit, St Mary's Hospital) to Sir John Vane 2 January 1984
WF/578Grant application from St. Mary's Hosptial to the Wolfson Foundation17 June 1977
IM/003474Peart, Sir William Stanleycirca 1992
IM/003045Medallists 20002000
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