Joan Mott

Joan Mott (1921 –1994) was an English physiologist.

Joan Mott gained a degree in Zoology from the University of Cambridge in 1943. Following this she worked on anti-fouling to keep hulls of ships free from barnacles but carried on with her studies, graduating with a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1950. During the 1960s Joan developed independent research interests in physiological control of the circulation; the RAS and BP control and vascular tone and had approximately 70 publications published between 1950 and 1992. A woman ahead of her time, Joan will be remembered for her leadership, mentoring and supervision. Joan worked on fetal physiology and endocrinology, including notably the renin-angiotensin system in the inter-uterine phase of life. She was a Foundation Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and died on 21 April 1994.

The Physiological Society established the Joan Mott Prize Lecture in 1995 funded by a bequest from Joan Mott, this biennial lecture is usually given by a female physiologist. The lecture may cover any area of physiology but should be particularly relevant to young physiologists and also aim to enhance the profile and significance of women within the discipline.