|Born||Hugh Esmor Huxley
February 25, 1924
|Died||July 25, 2013
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
|Alma mater||Christ's College, Cambridge|
Huxley received his PhD from Christ's College, Cambridge. He is most noted for his study of the structure of muscle. In the 1950s he was one of the first to use electron microscopy to establish the sliding filament model for muscle contraction, involving the sliding between actin filaments and myosin filaments in striated skeletal muscle.
Following his PhD, Huxley continued to increase our understanding of muscle structure, using electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction methodologies. Much of his research used frog muscle as a model system. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1960 and awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in 1971. He also won one of its Royal Medals in 1977 and its Copley Medal in 1997. He also received the William Bate Hardy Prize in 1966, and the Franklin Medal in 1990. He was conferred the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in 1987 for his contributions to molecular biology, notably his classic work in the field of muscle biology.9
Professor Huxley was a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.
- Hugh Esmor Huxley
- "Professor Hugh Esmor Huxley MBE FRS | Christs College Cambridge". Christs.cam.ac.uk. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- Weeds, A. (2013). "Hugh Huxley (1924–2013) Biophysicist who established the mechanism of muscle contraction". Nature 500 (7464): 530. doi:10.1038/500530a. PMID 23985864.
- Brandeis bio
- The Official Site of Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize
- Hugh Huxley talk: "How Muscle Contracts"
- Hugh Huxley, editor "Memories and Consequences: Visiting Scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge", Medical Research Council, 2013, ISBN 978-184831-646-1. This book is collection of 41 essays by some of the many visiting scientists to the MRC LMB in Cambridge, England, during the period 1957-1986.
- John Finch; 'A Nobel Fellow On Every Floor', Medical Research Council 2008, 381 pp, ISBN 978-1-84046-940-0; this book is all about the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge.
- "Albert Einstein World Award of Science 1987". Retrieved August 13, 2013.
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