Arnold Burgen

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Sir Arnold Burgen
Born (1922-03-20) 20 March 1922 (age 96)
Alma materMiddlesex Hospital Medical School
Spouse(s)Olga Kennard
Scientific career
InstitutionsMcGill University, University of Cambridge

Sir Arnold Stanley Vincent Burgen, FRS (born 20 March 1922) is a retired British physician, pharmacologist, academic and university administrator. He was Master of Darwin College, Cambridge[1] from 1982-89, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Cambridge from 1985–89, and founding President of the Academia Europæa.

He is married to British crystallographer Olga Kennard.


Burgen attended Christ's College Finchley, a grammar school in Finchley, north London. He was subsequently a student at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (now part of University College, London) becoming a Doctor of Medicine in 1950.



Burgen was appointed Fellow of the Royal Society in 1964, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1969, and was Knighted in 1976. He became an Honorary Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge in 1989.


  1. ^ "Europe unites its scholars of science". New Scientist. Reed Business Information. 119 (1631): 26. 22 September 1988. ISSN 0262-4079. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Ernest Basil Verney
Sheild Professor of Pharmacology, Cambridge University
1962 - 1971
Succeeded by
Gustav Victor Rudolf Born
Preceded by
Moses Finley
Master of Darwin College, Cambridge
1982 - 1989
Succeeded by
G. E. R. Lloyd