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August 24, 1970

Corneille Heymans (1892-1968)

JAMA. 1970;213(8):1329-1330. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170340051012

Corneille Jean Francois Heymans was born in Ghent, Belgium, the son of J.F. Heymans, founder of the J.F. Heymans Institute of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, professor of pharmacology, and sometime rector of the University of Ghent. His secondary education was gained at the schools in Ghent. Medical education was pursued at the University where, in 1920, he obtained the doctor's degree. Heymans subsequently studied with Gley in Paris, Arthur in Lausanne, Meyer in Vienna, Starling in London, and Wiggers in Cleveland. In 1922, he was appointed lecturer in pharmacodynamics at the University of Ghent, and in 1930 succeeded his father as director of the Heymans Institute, professor of pharmacology, and head of the department of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology.

Heymans' investigations, strongly influenced by those of his father and frequently carried out jointly, centered around the physiology and pharmacology of respiration and circulation. The discovery of chemoreceptors situated in the cardio-aortic