Albert Chibnall

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Albert Charles Chibnall
Portrait of A.C. Chibnall
Born (1894-01-28)28 January 1894
Died 10 January 1988(1988-01-10) (aged 93)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Marjorie Chibnall
Scientific career
Fields Biochemistry

Albert Charles Chibnall FRS[1] (28 January 1894 – 10 January 1988) was a British biochemist known for his work on the nitrogen metabolism of plants.

Life and career[edit]

Chibnall was born and educated in England, joined the Army Service Corps at the outbreak of World War I and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. From 1917 to 1919, he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps, in Egypt and in Salonika. Following the war he became a research student at Imperial College, London, working with, and eventually succeeding S.B. Shryver as Professor of Biochemistry.[2] He also studied for two years at Yale in the laboratory of T. B. Osborne, an expert in plant chemistry

His work focused on plant biochemistry but he was appointed the second Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry at Cambridge University in 1943.[3] He resigned in 1949 since he felt it was a role more suited to a medically qualified biochemist.

Chibnall married first in 1931; his wife died five years later. His second wife was the renowned medieval historian, Marjorie Chibnall, whom he married in 1947 some years after the death of his first wife. In her company, Chibnall developed an interest in medieval history. In 1965, he published Sherington - Fiefs and Fields of a Buckinghamshire Village, a study of his ancestral home. He also published Richard de Badew and the University of Cambridge, 1315-1340.

Chibnall died in 1988, survived by his second wife and by the two daughters of the first marriage and a son and a daughter of the second.


  1. ^ Synge, R. L. M.; Williams, E. F. (1990). "Albert Charles Chibnall. 28 January 1894 – 10 January 1988". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 35: 56. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1990.0003. 
  2. ^ "Obituary of Professor A.C. Chibnall". The Times of London. January 1988. 
  3. ^ Synge, R.L.M.; E.F. Williams (Mar 1990). "Albert Charles Chibnall. 28 January 1894-10 January 1988". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 35: 56–96. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1990.0003. JSTOR 769973. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
S. B. Shryver
Professor of Biochemistry, Imperial College, London
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Frederick Hopkins
Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry, Cambridge University
1943 - 1949
Succeeded by
Frank George Young