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A. J. Clark

AKA Alfred Joseph Clark

Born: 19-Aug-1885
Birthplace: Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Died: 30-Jul-1941
Location of death: Edinburgh, Scotland
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Drug responses

Military service: British Army (1914-18, 1939-45, to Lt. Colonel)

British pharmacologist A. J. Clark conducted important research into the physiological reactions caused by drugs, with groundbreaking attention to the response to different doses of the same drug and the concentration of a drug and its effect at a receptor. Late in his career he publicly railed against popular but ineffective herbal and patent medicines, and pseudo-scientific advertising that sometimes fools even physicians into believing that such fraudulent remedies have some medicinal value.

Father: Francis Joseph Clark
Wife: Beatrice Powell Hazell (m. 1919, four children)
Son: David Clark

    High School: Bootham School, York, England (1903)
    University: BA, Cambridge University (1907)
    University: MA, Cambridge University (1909)
    Medical School: MD, Cambridge University (1914)
    Teacher: Pharmacology, University of Cape Town (1918-19)
    Teacher: Pharmacology, University College London (1919-26)
    Professor: Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh (1926-41)

    Military Cross 1917
    Royal College of Surgeons 1921
    Royal Society 1931
    Royal Society of Edinburgh 1928
    English Ancestry

Author of books:
Comparative Physiology of the Heart (1927)
The Mode of Action of Drugs on Cells (1933)
General Pharmacology (1937)
Patent Medicines (1938)


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