The Action of the Mammalian Olfactory Organ

Lord Edgar Douglas Adrian delivered his Semon Lecture on November 3rd 1955. In this, he outlines the way in which olfactory information is signalled to the brain, the process of excitation and transmission of impulses, and finally the details of olfactory discharge.

Journal article version of the lecture

Edgar Adrian was born on the 30th of November 1889 in London, England. He spent many years researching the electrophysiology of the brain and the function of neurons, for which he received a Nobel Prize in 1932. He was also presented with numerous honours, including his roles as President of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also knighted as Baron of Cambridge in 1955.


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