Twenty-Five Years in Neuroendocrinology of Reproduction (1945–1970)

  • Charles H. Sawyer
Part of the Perspectives in Neuroendocrine Research book series (PNR, volume 1)


Born and raised in Vermont, I graduated from Middlebury College in 1937 with an A.B. in biology and an interest in enzymes and hormones. Actually I had gone to college to major in music but had switched majors after a month in Longwell’s course in general biology. The interest in enzymes and hormones had been stimulated by Barney, the other member of Middlebury’s two-man biology department. On graduation I was lucky enough to win Middlebury’s Dutton Traveling Fellowship, which provided for a year’s study abroad, and I registered in physiology and biochemistry at Cambridge University. Two years before the start of World War II, British physiology was very excited about acetylcholine, Cholinesterase, and neurohumoral transmission, and Dale and Loewi had just received the Nobel Prize for their research on humoral mediation of the nerve impulse. In England Dale, Feldberg, Gaddum, and Vogt were advancing neurohumoral concepts, and Adrian in his first year as professor of physiology at Cambridge was transmitting them sympathetically, although he was himself a Nobel Laureate in electrophysiology. Marshall (of Physiology of Reproduction fame) lectured to us about sex behavior in cats, and steroid hormones were stressed in biochemistry. By further good fortune I met two Americans in Cambridge who were influential in my career plans: Donald Barron and Edgar Boell.


Pituitary Gland Slow Wave Sleep Median Eminence Paradoxical Sleep Preoptic Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles H. Sawyer
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Brain Research InstituteUCLALos AngelesUSA

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