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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience



The original Physiological Laboratory was started by Michael Foster in 1870. The current home of the Physiological Laboratory at the University of Cambridge was provided in 1914 by The Drapers' Company and overseen by John Newport Langley. In the intervening 100 years it has been the home to many notable physiologists, including six Nobel Laureates (Adrian, Edwards, Hill, Hodgkin, Huxley, Tsien). Many alumni used their physiological insight to provide service to society, including during the World Wars (e.g. Barcroft, Edwards, Hill, Hodgkin, Huxley, Matthews). To mark the one hundred year anniversary of the Physiological Laboratory, the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience will be hosting a series of events in September 2014 to provide insight, information and inspiration about what physiology is, what it has achieved and contributed in the past, and what it continues to contribute. This will be achieved through interactive displays based on a physiological theme (Nerve Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Cell Physiology and Reproductive Physiology) and illustrated by the work of famous alumni of the Physiological laboratory and current researchers in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.


The displays were open to the public on 9th, 16th and 30th Sept 2014. A public lecture was held on each of those days.

If you have attended one of our Centenary events, could you please complete this very short survey to let us know what you thought?
On-line survey: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th Sept.

The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience thanks the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, the Physiological Society, Trinity College Cambridge and St John’s College Cambridge for kindly contributing towards the cost of these events.

Contact: Dr Sue Jones (


Lord Adrian ED Adrian J Barcroft RG Edwards
M Foster AV Hill AL Hodgkin & AF Huxley
J.N. Langley JN Langley BHC Matthews RY Tsien