Hugh Huxley

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birth_date = February 25, 1924
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field = Molecular Biologist
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known_for = Myosin Muscle Actin
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Hugh Esmor Huxley FRS (born February 25 1924) is a British biologist. He is professor of biology at Brandeis University, in Massachusetts, United States.

He received his PhD from Christ's College, Cambridge. He is most noted for his study of the structure of muscle. In the 1950's he was one of the first to use electron microscopy to establish the sliding filament model for muscle contraction, involving the sliding between actin filaments and myosin filaments in striated skeletal muscle. Subsequently, he has continued to increase our understanding of muscle structure, using electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction methodologies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1960 and awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in 1971. He also won one of its Royal Medals in 1977 and its Copley Medal in 1997.

Professor Huxley is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.

External links

* [ Brandeis bio]
* [ The Official Site of Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize]

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