THE death of Sir John Rose Bradford, on April 7, after some months of increasing disability, will be deeply regretted in many scientific circles. Born in London on May 7, 1863, as the son of Abraham Rose Bradford, a naval surgeon, he was educated at University College School, University College, and University College Hospital, London, and had a brilliant career as a student, published physiological papers before he became qualified medically, and was specially interested in biology. His papers, however, were mainly physiological, and covered a wide field: on the electrical phenomena associated with secretion; on the innervation of the blood vessels; and particularly on the renal function, which he later extended to the subject of uraemia and disease. He probably hesitated about his life's work, whether strictly scientific work or medicine, for he was elected George Henry Lewes student in physiology in 1888, his predecessors being C. S. Roy (1879), L. C. Wooldridge (1882), and C. S. Sherrington (1884), and his immediate successors G. N. Stewart and E. H. Hankin jointly (1889). The decision was made when he accepted accelerated appointment as assistant physician to University College Hospital. His physiological researches gained him the fellowship in 1894 of the Royal Society, of which he was later secretary (1908-15). He thus, like his teacher, Sydney Ringer, combined the attitude of an all-round biologist with that of a practising physician.
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ROLLESTON, H. Sir John Rose Bradford, Bart., K.C.M.G., C.B., C.B.E., F.R.S. Nature 135, 781–782 (1935). https://doi.org/10.1038/135781a0