Kathleen Montagu

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Kathleen Montagu
Born1847 / 1907
Died(1966-03-28)28 March 1966
Known forDopamine
Scientific career
InstitutionsRunwell Hospital

Kathleen Montagu (estimated birth between 1847 and 1907 – 28 March 1966[1]) was the first researcher to identify dopamine in human brains. Working in Hans Weil-Malherbe’s laboratory at the Runwell Hospital outside London[2] the presence of dopamine was identified by paper chromatography in the brain of several species, including a human brain.[3] Her research was published in August 1957,[4] followed and confirmed by Hans Weil-Malherbe in November 1957.[3]

Nobel Prize-rewarded Arvid Carlsson is often claimed to be the first researcher to identify dopamine in human brain, however his research was published in November 1957,[5] along with colleagues Margit Linsqvist and Tor Magnusson.


  1. ^ Montagu, Kathleen. "Geni". www.geni.com. Geni. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. ^ Björklund, Anders. "Fifty Years of Dopamine Research" (PDF). www.cell.com. Elsevier. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Riederer, Peter (2006-11-23). Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9783211452950. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  4. ^ Montagu, Kathleen. "Catechol Compounds in Rat Tissues and in Brains of Different Animals". http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v180/n4579/abs/180244a0.html. Retrieved 31 March 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Carlsson, Arvid. "3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine and 5-hydroxytryptophan as reserpine antagonists". www.nature.com. Nature. Retrieved 31 March 2015.