School of History

Professor Tilli Tansey awarded the Paton Prize

10 December 2015

Professor Tilli Tansey was recently awarded the Paton Prize of the Physiological Society (link is external) at a meeting to celebrate 100 years of Women’s membership of the Physiological Society. Her prize lecture, entitled ‘Maude, Nettie, Ghetel and George’ (link is external), examined the lives of some of the women married to early Physiological Society members, in the latter part of the nineteenth century. There was a particular focus on ‘George’ - Marian Evans (the novelist George Eliot) who endowed an influential studentship in physiology in 1878 in memory of her partner George Henry Lewes. This studentship allowed several later eminent physiologists (including three Nobel Prize Winners) to start a career in research at a time when there was little state or other funding for such work. A new book celebrating a centenary of women physiologists, co-edited by Prof Tansey and Professor Sue Wray (Liverpool) was also showcased at t he day long celebrations. Professor Tansey’s work is supported by a Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust.