'Priory Court' was purchased by The Physiological Society in 2012. Now our permanent headquarters, the building has been renamed Hodgkin Huxley House (HHH) in honour of two distinguished physiologists, Sir Alan Hodgkin and Sir Andrew Huxley, recipients of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Sir John Eccles. The building has been completely refurbished providing a modern and comfortable facility for staff and visitors. The building also has the full and complete archive of both The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology.
HHH also houses two distinguished tenants, the Science Council and Understanding Animal Research, both of whom share a common goal, promoting and supporting the science base. Both the building and our meeting rooms are named in honour of distinguished past Members of The Physiological Society.
HHH was officially opened by The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, on 21 May 2013.
Sir Alan Hodgkin (1914-1988) and Sir Andrew Huxley (1917-2012) shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for elucidating the mechanism by which the nerve impulse is initiated and propagated.
Sir Bernard Katz (1911-2003) shared the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the process of chemical neurotransmission by which nerves can activate or inhibit one another, or stimulate muscle cells or secretory cells. He made major contributions to our understanding of the resting membrane potential of nerve, muscle and other cells. The Bernard Katz Auditorium is sponsored by Wiley.
Ernest Starling (1866-1927) discovered secretin, the first substance to be called a ‘hormone’ – a word he coined – and established the important concept of hormonal regulation.
Sir Charles Sherrington (1857-1952) shared the 1932 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries on the functioning of nerve cells, especially the critical role of inhibition in the integrative activity of the central nervous system.
AV Hill (1886-1977) received the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work on the production of heat in muscle.