George Edward Briggs

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George Edward Briggs FRS[1] (25 June 1893 – 7 February 1985) was Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge.

He was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, the eldest son of Walker Thomas and Susan (née Townend) Briggs.[1]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1935.[1] He published several significant scientific papers on enzymes.[2][3] Part of his work on enzymes was done with J. B. Haldane, and led to the derivation of Victor Henri's enzyme kinetics law and Michaelis–Menten kinetics via the steady state approximation. This derivation remains commonly used today because it provides better insight into the system, though it retains the algebraic form of the Michaelis-Menten equations.[4]

Notable publications[edit]

  • Movement of Water in Plants [5]


  1. ^ a b c Robertson, Rutherford (1986). "George Edward Briggs. 25 June 1893-7 February 1985". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 32: 36–08. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1986.0002. JSTOR 770107.
  2. ^ Briggs, G. E.; Haldane, J. B. (1925). "A Note on the Kinetics of Enzyme Action". The Biochemical Journal. 19 (2): 338–339. doi:10.1042/bj0190338. PMC 1259181. PMID 16743508.
  3. ^ Briggs, G. E. (1926). "The Relation of the Enzymes Trypsin and Pepsin to their Substrates". The Biochemical Journal. 20 (3): 574–579. doi:10.1042/bj0200574. PMC 1251753. PMID 16743695.
  4. ^ Chen, W. W.; Niepel, M.; Sorger, P. K. (2010). "Classic and contemporary approaches to modeling biochemical reactions". Genes & Development. 24 (17): 1861–1875. doi:10.1101/gad.1945410. PMC 2932968. PMID 20810646.
  5. ^ Briggs, G. E. "Movement Of Water In Plants.." Science, vol 157, no. 3794, 1967, pp. 1297-1298. American Association For The Advancement Of Science (AAAS), doi:10.1126/science.157.3794.1297-a.
  6. ^ IPNI.  G.E.Briggs.

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