Thomas Renton Elliott

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Thomas Renton Elliott
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Born11 October 1877
Died4 March 1961 (1961-03-05) (aged 83)
Nationality British
Employer University College Hospital
Known forInvestigation of the chemical transmission of nerve action

Thomas Renton Elliott FRS [1] (11 October 1877 – 4 March 1961) was a British physician and physiologist. [2] [3] [4]



Elliott was born in Willington, County Durham, as the eldest son to retailer Archibald William Elliott and his wife, Anne, daughter of Thomas Renton, of Otley, Yorkshire. He studied natural sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, specialising in physiology.

He joined University College Hospital as a junior staff member in 1910, and eventually became first professor of medicine and director of the medical unit at Gower Street, London.

Elliot married Martha McCosh in 1918. They lived in Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, London [5] and had three sons and two daughters. One son was judge Archie Elliott, Lord Elliott. [5]

In 1935, Elliott and his wife commissioned the architectural practice of Rowand Anderson, Paul & Partners to build their house Broughton Place in the Scottish Borders. It was designed by Basil Spence, then a partner in the firm, who worked closely with Mrs Elliott to meet her requirements. Work began in 1936 and was completed in 1938.

Elliott retired in 1939 and died at Broughton House in 1961. [5]

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  2. "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33006.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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  5. 1 2 3 Gazetteer for Scotland, Prof. Thomas Renton Elliott.