Wilhelm S. Feldberg

Photo: Portrait Wilhelm S. Feldberg | © Medical Research Council, National Institute for Medical Research – MRC NIMR, London

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Portrait Wilhelm S. Feldberg | © Medical Research Council, National Institute for Medical Research – MRC NIMR, London
Portrait Wilhelm S. Feldberg | © Medical Research Council, National Institute for Medical Research – MRC NIMR, London
Photo: Portrait Wilhelm S. Feldberg | © Medical Research Council, National Institute for Medical Research – MRC NIMR, London
Photo: Portrait Wilhelm S. Feldberg | © Medical Research Council, National Institute for Medical Research – MRC NIMR, London

William S. Feldberg (Hamburg 1900 - 1993 London) was an Associate Professor at the Physiological Institute. Feldberg was dismissed in 1933 due to his Jewish heritage. He emigrated to England in the same year, then travelled on to Australia in 1935 and returned to London in 1938. He revised his initial prediction that Hitler: "will never make it," and later declared "what can I do about the fact that history makes such errors". The method for measuring transmitters released from nerve endings stems from Feldberg's work. He also explored the basics of neurotransmission and was one of the fathers of neurotoxicology and research on interactions between brain and hormone-producing glands.

From 1949 he was the successor of Henry H. Dale as the Head of the Division Physiology / Pharmacology at the National Institute of Medical Research in London. He invested his reparation payments into the Feldberg Foundation for Anglo-German Scientific Exchange. To this day the foundation continues to promote German and English scientists.

(Text: Udo Schagen, 2013)