Person NameBrown; Thomas Graham (1882-1965); physiologist and mountaineer
ForenamesThomas Graham
Epithetphysiologist and mountaineer
ActivityThomas Graham Brown was born in Edinburgh in 1882 the son of John James Graham Brown, the president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Educated at Edinburgh Academy he then studied medicine at Edinburgh University graduating in 1906. After working for a year in Strasburg he returned to Scotland and became Muirhead Demonstrator in Physiology at Glasgow. He then worked in physiology at Liverpool and Manchester and his research work in the field of neurophysiology was recognised by the award of an MD and D.Sc. Graham Brown joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1915, was demobilised in 1919 and was appointed Professor of Physiology at the University of Wales where he was to stay until his retirement in 1947. He continued his research, although his work was rather outside the main stream. By the late 1920s he was devoting more and more time to mountaineering and soon built up an outstanding international reputation. He published 'Breva' in 1944 and 'The First Ascent of Mont Blanc' in 1957 and was the editor of the 'Alpine Journal' from 1949 to 1955. Graham Brown's love of mountaineering lasted throughout his life and he made his last visit to the Alps in 1952 when he ascended the Matterhorn. In his later years he was less active but was still able to convert a former lifeboat and sail 'Thekla' in Scottish and Norwegian waters. He died in Edinburgh in 1965.
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