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DO YOU REMEMBER: A family home in Croxley for a famous scientist

 Published on: 1st August 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This historical photo comes from the archives of the Wellcome Trust and depicts a part of Croxley Green as it was in the 1880s/1890s.

Little Gillions was the family home of Sir Edward Sharpey-Schafer, built by him and lived in by him and his wife and children.

Sir Sharpey-Schafer was a physiologist who is regarded today by the scientific community to have been a founding father in the field of endocrinology, the study of hormones.

In 1894, around the time he would have been living at Little Gillions, he and his colleague George Oliver discovered and demonstrated the existence of adrenaline.

Among his other scientific achievements, he also coined the terms “insulin” and “endocrine”. He was knighted in 1913, and died in 1935.

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