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October 30, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(5):431-433. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130180097025

Henry Hallett Dale, one of the most productive natural scientists in contemporary England, and endowed with extraordinary longevity, was exceptional also in never holding a senior academic post.1 Dale was a Londoner by birth and, after early schooling in London and Cambridge, began his university studies in Cambridge in 1894. There he spent four years in undergraduate work and two years as Coutts-Trotter Student in Trinity College, a humanistic college with a vast scientific tradition in a University which at that time was one of the great centers for physiology in Europe. Included among the teachers and investigators were Michael Foster, W. H. Gaskell, and J. N. Langley. Beginning with independent research on the galvanotactic and chemotactic attraction of Infusoria, Dale's work reflects his exposure to highly competent and productive investigators of the involuntary or autonomic nervous system.

Dale returned to London in 1900 and completed his medical training