Murray Barr

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Murray Barr
Born Murray Llewellyn Barr
(1908-06-20)June 20, 1908
Belmont, Ontario
Died May 4, 1995(1995-05-04) (aged 86)
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Occupation physician and medical researcher
Known for Co-discover of the "Barr body"
Awards Flavelle Medal (1959)
Gairdner Foundation International Award (1963)
Order of Canada

Murray Llewellyn Barr, OC FRSC FRS[1] (June 20, 1908 – May 4, 1995) was a Canadian physician and medical researcher who discovered with graduate student Ewart George Bertram, in 1948, an important cell structure, the "Barr body".[2]

Born in Belmont, Ontario, he was educated at the University of Western Ontario, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1930, M.D. in 1933, and Master of Science in 1938.

He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

In 1968, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1959, he received the Royal Society of Canada's Flavelle Medal. In 1962, he won a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Award for his contributions to the understanding of the causes of mental retardation. In 1963, he received the Gairdner Foundation International Award and in 1972 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London.[1] In 1998, he was posthumously inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ a b Potter, P.; Soltan, H. (1997). "Murray Llewellyn Barr, O. C. 20 June 1908--4 May 1995: Elected F.R.S. 1972". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 43: 33. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1997.0003.  edit
  2. ^ Barr, M. L.; Bertram, E. G. (1949). "A Morphological Distinction between Neurones of the Male and Female, and the Behaviour of the Nucleolar Satellite during Accelerated Nucleoprotein Synthesis". Nature 163 (4148): 676. doi:10.1038/163676a0. PMID 18120749.  edit

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