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Biographical entry Katz, Bernard (1911 - 2003)

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Born
26 March 1911
Leipzig, Germany
Died
20 April 2003
London, United Kingdom
Occupation
Physiologist

Summary

(Sir) Bernard Katz was Professor of Biophysics at University College London from 1952. Prior to this he was Assistant Director of Research and Henry Head Research Fellow in A.V. Hill's research unit at the university. Katz was particularly interested in the physico-chemical mechanism of neuromuscular transmission, for which he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1970. He held several other positions before joining University College, including a stint in J.C. Eccles' laboratory at the Kanematsu Institute, Sydney Hospital (1939-1942) and served as a Radar Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1942-45.

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Events

1934
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) completed at the University of Leipzig in Germany
1935 - 1939
Career position - Neurophysiological research at University College in London
1938
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of London
1939 - 1942
Career position - Carnegie Research Fellow at Kanematsu Institute at the Sydney Hospital
1942
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of London
1942 - 1945
Career position - Radar Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force
1946 - 1950
Career position - Assistant Director of Research and Henry Head Research Fellow at University College, London
1950 - 1952
Career position - Reader in Physiology at University College
1952
Career position - Professor of Biophysics at University College
1967
Award - Copley Medal received from the Royal Society
1967
Award - Baly Medal received from the Royal College of Physicians
1969
Award - Knighted
1970
Award - Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine received

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Beale, R, 'Bernard Katz', in Australia's Nobel Laureates - Adventures in Innovation, ABIE Australian Business and Investment Explorer, Sydney, 2004, pp. 74-83. Details
  • Bogen, Jim, 'Katz, Bernard', in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Koertge, Noretta, ed., vol. 4 , Charles Scribner's Sons, Detroit , 2008, pp. 86-90. Details

Online Resources

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