Cambridge Contributions by Sarah J. Ormrod

By Sarah J. Ormrod

Written basically for a nonspecialist viewers, those essays describe contributions made through a few of the college of Cambridge's so much colourful and capable characters in a couple of educational disciplines. The essays demonstrate really fertile classes of improvement and chart voyages of discovery that experience happened everywhere Cambridge, below staff or person management. methods differ, from the presentation of traditionally major discoveries to the reason of present research--"contributions" within the making.

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Foster has always intrigued historians, for he became the most famous physiologist of his day without making any of the many discoveries that over the decades between i860 and 1914 created a whole new way of understanding the human body. It is probably true to say that Foster's lasting contribution to medical science was to create the world-class physiological laboratory which in the early decades of this century was regularly featured among the lists of Nobel Prize winners for physiology and medicine.

Hopkins originally pursued his research in the Physiological Laboratory, but in 1914 he was given his own 33 MARK WEATHERALL department and his own chair in biochemistry. In 1924 a huge biochemical institute was built for him - the Dunn Institute of Biochemistry, on Tennis Court Road - after his friend and former colleague Walter Fletcher had managed to persuade the trustees of the estate of the philanthropist shipbuilder Sir William Dunn that using their funds to support Hopkins's basic research was the best way to support the advancement of medicine as a whole.

The University's high profile in astronomy helps to boost its international standing; it also enhances Cambridge's appeal to potential students of physical and mathematical science. Not only the United States, but the countries of mainland Europe as well, are now deploying greater resources towards astronomical research. Building on our traditions, and maintaining our standing, is therefore an ever-tougher challenge. 20 CHAPTER 2 Cambridge's contribution to medical science MARK W. WEATHERALL INTRODUCTION If my task was to outline Cambridge's contribution to medical practice, then it would be most appropriate to concentrate on the University's role in medical education.

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