Francis Marshall (physiologist)

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Francis Hugh Adam Marshall, CBE, FRS[1] (11 July 1878, High Wycombe – 5 February 1949, Cambridge) was a British physiologist. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1920.[1] He was an early researcher into the science of biological reproduction. His 1910 text The physiology of reproduction was influential. Marshall was awarded the CBE in 1933, the Croonian Lecture in 1936 and, in 1940, the Royal Medal by the Royal Society.[2] Marshall's presence at the University of Edinburgh is cited as one of the reasons that the Institute of Animal Genetics was established there in the 1910s. The University of Edinburgh gave him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1939. He died of appendicitis in 1949.

He graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge (college of the University of Cambridge) in 1890, and was a fellow at Christ's from 1909 to 1949.

Selected works[edit]

  • The physiology of reproduction, with William Cramer and James Lochhead, London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1910; 2nd ed., with William Cramer, James Lochhead and Cresswell Shearer, 1922; 3rd ed., with Alan S. Parkes, 1952; 4th ed., with Alan S. Parkes and George Eric Lamming, titled Marshall's Physiology of reproduction, 4 vols., Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1984.
  • An introduction to sexual physiology for biologial, medical and agricultural students, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1925.


  1. ^ a b Parkes, A. S. (1950). "Francis Hugh Adam Marshall. 1878-1949". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 7 (19): 238. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1950.0015. 
  2. ^ O'Connor, W. J. (1991). British Physiologists 1885–1914: A Biographical Dictionary. p. 44. 

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