Lectures and Correspondence of Sir Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer (1850-1935)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of: correspondence relating to the Department of Physiology, Edinburgh University; lectures on physiology, 1906, 1908; a bronze medal, 1922; and, card for the Sixth International Congress of Physiologists, 1904.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer was born in London on 2 June 1850. He began his career at University College, London, where he became Assistant Professor of Physiology, 1874-1883, then Jodrell Professor of Zoology and Anatomy at University College, 1883-1899. Between 1899 and 1933, Sharpey-Schafer was Professor of Physiology at Edinburgh University. His most striking work was that associated with the endocrine organs and his observations on cutaneous sensation were also important. Sharpey-Schafer's name is associated too with the Schafer method of artificial respiration. Apart from many journal articles he has published the Essentials of histology, a Text-book of physiology, and The endocrine organs. Professor Sir Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer died on 29 March 1935.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Bronze medal acquired with others, from Medical Faculty Office, January 1983, Accession no. E83.8. Congress card, acquired from Physiology Library, Edinburgh University, September 1989, Accession no. E89.52. Lectures acquired from Dr. K. B. Roberts, Newfoundland, April 1994, Accession no. E94.33.


When this description created, some of the material unseen.

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1929-1940. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1941. (2) P. T. H. 'Professor Sir Edward Sharpey-Schafer'. University of Edinburgh journal. Vol. 5. No. 3. Summer 1933. pp.237-238. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1932-1933. (3) P. T. H. 'Obituary. Sir Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer'. University of Edinburgh journal. Vol. 7. No. 2. Summer 1935. pp.160-161. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1934-1935.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show other references to Sharpey-Schafer related material (check the Indexes for more details): letters to and from Charles Sarolea, 1912-1914, at Sar.Coll.33. In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence and papers, Wellcome Library for the Understanding of Medicine, Ref. PP/ESS NRA 25584 Sharpey-Schafer.

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