UCL Division of Biosciences


Professor Bernard Ginsborg Obituary

3 August 2018

With great sadness we announce that Professor Bernard Ginsborg passed away recently aged 93.

He is very well known in the fields of Pharmacology and Physiology and was associated with UCL from the 1950s.
He was born in London and trained as a physicist, before taking a second degree from 1952 in Physiology (UCL) on AV Hill's recommendation.
With Paul Fatt at UCL he discovered voltage-gated calcium currents which led to a long-standing research interest in synaptic neurotransmission and secretion. He moved to Edinburgh via the NIMR in 1958 and became Head of the Department of Pharmacology in 1980, retiring in 1985.
Bernard was a member of the Physiological Society from 1957, and British Pharmacological Society from 1968 supporting both Societies for many years as well as being an outstanding Editor of The Journal of Physiology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1971. He was Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at The University of Edinburgh.