Charles Sherrington

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Early Life

Charles Sherrington was born in Islington, London on November 27, 1857. His father, James Sherrington, died when Charles was very young. His mother, Anne Brookes, remarried Dr. Caleb Rose. He was a classical scholar and a noted archaeologist. He was very interested in English artists from the Norwich schools.

How Sherrington Became Interested in Science

Charles was not always interested in science. After his father died, when his mother remarried Dr. Caleb Rose, is when he realized that he liked art. Dr. Rose was known for being a patron of the arts, especially liking English artists from Norwich schools. This interest in art translated from Rose to Sherrington and led to Sherrington's activism in science and anatomy.


During Sherrington's career, he did Silliman Lectures at Yale in 1904. One of his most known lectures is 'The Integrative Action of the Nervous System. Although his work was near immaculate and the lecture in itself was very well-thought out, it was two years before his lecture was published. He experienced other hardships at the end of his life when he had frail health. Although he was faced with many obstacles, he still was a very influential scientist.


  • The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1932
  • The Copley Medal in 1927
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A Little Extra!

Charles Sherrington was a very busy man, considering he made new words, laws and ideas. But that did not stop him from finding love and having a family. He married Ethel Mary Wright in August of 1891 and had a son who he called Carr E. R. Sherrington in 1897. In phsyique, Sherrington was well-built and not very tall. This enabled him to carry out very long researches. Even besides his family, and stature, he was a man of many skills and talents. He was a medical historian (of course), poet, book collector, and sports enthusiast. During his teen years, Sherrington was heavily involved with rugby football. Charles Sherrington was a man that did many things. He lived a long life, and died at 94 from a sudden heart failure.


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