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October 26, 1963


JAMA. 1963;186(4):424-425. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710040150017

Langley, professor of physiology at Cambridge j University, was born in Newbury in 1852, the son of a private schoolmaster.1 He received instruction first at home and then at Exeter grammar school, where he progressed to a sizarship. Formal education was climaxed by a scholarship at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he read mathematics and history in preparation for the Indian civil service. Upon coming under the influence of Sir Michael Foster, first professor of physiology at Cambridge and founder and editor of the Journal of Physiology, Langley changed to the natural sciences. The potential superior talents of Langley were recognized immediately, and experimental investigations on jaborandi (pilocarpine) were begun under Foster's direction before completion of his graduate training. The following year he served as demonstrator in physiology and was responsible for the supervision of the laboratory work. Langley's first published paper described the action of pilocarpine on the

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