Richard Adrian, 2nd Baron Adrian
Adrian was born in Cambridge in 1927, the only son of Edgar Adrian and his wife Hester Pinsent, a mental health worker. His father won a Nobel Prize in 1932, was President of the Royal Society 1950–1955 and was created Baron Adrian in 1955.
In 1967 he married Lucy Caroe, historical geographer. She was the daughter of the architect Alban Caroe and her grandfathers were W. D. Caroe and William Bragg. They had no children, and on his death in 1995, the title Baron Adrian became extinct.
Richard Adrian was educated at Swarthmore College and Westminster School, followed by reading medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge, and University College, London. He pursued advanced research into cellular physiology, becoming Professor of Cell Physiology at Cambridge University in 1978. He was a fellow of Corpus Christi, Cambridge (1955–61) and Churchill College, Cambridge (1961-81) before becoming Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1981. He served as Master until 1992. He also served a term as Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University. Adrian was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his contributions to physiology in 1977.
In 1977 he became the second Baron Adrian after the death of his father. He was active in politics in the House of Lords, sitting as a cross-bencher. He was a trustee of a number of national institutions, including the British Museum and the British Library.
W. A. Camps
| Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
John Butterfield, Baron Butterfield
| Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Baron Adrian