John Scott studied physiology and chemistry and the University of Manchester. After only gaining a lower second degree, he was taken on by Dr H. Howat, to investigate the clinical use of pancreozymin. During his PhD, Scott discovered that polyanions were precipitable by cetylpyridinium, but the University refused to patent this discovery. Eventually, Scott's PhD won the A.V. Hill prize. Scott left Manchester and joined the RAF Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine, where he helped set up the first effective 'artificial kidney' in the UK. Scott gained international renown for his work on connective tissues and histochemistry. In 1976 Scott returned to Manchester to an honorary chair of chemical morphology. He later became the first honorary professor to be made emeritus professor. In 2000, Scott was awarded honorary membership of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain.
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