John H. Humphrey
|John Herbert Humphrey
CBE FRS FRCP
|Born||16 December 1915|
|Died||25 December 1987(aged 72)|
|Institutions||National Institute for Medical Research, University College Hospital|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
He was a houseman at the Hammersmith Hospital, and was the Jenner research student at the Lister Institute, 1941-42. He was assistant pathologist at the Central Middlesex Hospital from 1943–46, then joined the external staff of the Medical Research Council as a bacteriologist at University College Hospital in 1946. Humphrey joined the staff of the National Institute for Medical Research in 1949, working in the Division of Biological Standards. With James Lightbown he established international standards for antibiotics and enzymes, and later developed a long-standing association with the WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standards. In 1957 he became head of the Institute's new Division of Immunology. From 1961-76 Humphrey was Deputy Director of NIMR, and became acting director in 1969. In 1975, Humphrey left NIMR to be Professor of Immunology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith. He retired in 1981.
Awards and honours
Humphrey was the son of the engineer H. A. Humphrey and his wife Mary Elizabeth (née Horniblow).
At Cambridge University he met his wife Janet, the daughter of Nobel Prize–winning physiologist Archibald Hill. They had five children, including Nicholas Humphrey, and brought up Humphrey's nephew and niece after the death of Humphrey's brother.
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