Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Honouring the heritage of Charles Sherrington

The Physiological Society has mounted a Blue Plaque on the Sherrington Building in honour of Nobel Laureate and Oxford Hero Sir Charles Sherrington FRS (1857-1952).

He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Edgar Adrian in 1932 for their work on the functions of neurons. Prior to the work of Sherrington and Adrian, it was widely accepted that reflexes occurred as isolated activity within a reflex arc. Sherrington received the prize for showing that reflexes require integrated activation and demonstrated reciprocal innervation of muscles.

An official unveiling ceremony will take place later in the summer.

Professor David Paterson, Head of the Dept. of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics said: 

"As President of The Physiological Society we are delighted to recognize the outstanding contribution Sir Charles Sherrington made to neuroscience.  He is widely regarded as the father of neurophysiology, and together with Edgar Adrian in Cambridge, made Nobel Prize winning discoveries that still underpin neuroscience today.  But Sherrington was more than an outstanding experimental neurophysiologist, he was also a powerful advocate for women in science.  It was his patronage in 1912 with J.S. Haldane from the University Laboratory of Physiology, which resulted in Florence Buchanan from Oxford becoming the first woman member of The Physiological Society in 1915."

A plaque honouring Florence Buchanan will soon sit alongside Sherrington's plaque.

Read Sir Charles' biography on the Nobel Prize website

Sherrington’s slide box is available to view online

Read Insights into the life and work of Sir Charles Sherrington, Zoltán Molnár & Richard E. Brown, Nature Reviews Neuroscience 11, 429-436 (June 2010)

Similar stories

Zoltán Molnár honoured by the Royal Society of Biology

Congratulations are in order to Professor Zoltán Molnár on being elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Dr Jane Walker gets prestigious ACLP award

Dr Jane Walker is the first person from outside the US to win the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Research Professor Award.

Major award given to Professor Chris Fairburn

Professor Christopher Fairburn has been awarded the 2022 American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology.

Zoltán Molnár delivers Keynote Lecture at first-of-its-kind Anatomical conference

Professor Zoltán Molnár delivers the first Keynote Lecture at the 116th Annual Meeting of the Anatomische Gesellschaft, which this year is held as a Joint Meeting with the Anatomical Society for the first time.