The Paton Prize Bursary
Dig into history and the world of the scientists that shaped major ideas in modern physiology. The bursary is an opportunity for you to delve into unpublished documents and fascinating events!
Suggested project briefs
We encourage original project proposals but these suggestions should get you started! Feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss any initial ideas.
- Take a closer look at The Society’s Honorary Members – Explore early Honorary Members of The Society: who they were, what they did and why they were offered Honorary membership.
- Past Officers of The Society – A number of notable physiologists have guided The Society’s direction as Past Officers. Awardees may want to take a closer look at some of these people and what their roles were within The Society.
- The Physiological Society and your institution: How has the Society interacted with your institute in the past? What is the history of The Society within your department?
Who was Sir William Paton?
The fund originated with a donation from Professor Sir William Paton with a matching contribution from the Society.
He was an English physiologist, pharmacologist and Fellow of the Royal Society, considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest pharmacologists. He was responsible for discovering two new classes of drugs, one of which was the first drug that specifically and safely lowered blood pressure
Paton not only made countless discoveries but was also heavily involved in numerous public committees and had a special interest in the history of medicine.
In addition to the bursary, we also award the Paton Prize Lecture.