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]

Fellow of the Royal Society Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, including Honorary, Foreign and Royal Fellows

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United Kingdom Country in Europe

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Physician professional who practices medicine

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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.

Willington, County Durham town

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Natural science branch of science about the natural world

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Trinity College, Cambridge constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England

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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.

University College Hospital Hospital in London

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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]

Cheyne Walk historic street, in Chelsea, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Judge official who presides over court proceedings

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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.

Robert Rowand Anderson British artist

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Arthur Forman Balfour Paul

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Broughton Place, Scottish Borders

Broughton Place is a historic house in the village of Broughton, Scottish Borders. It was designed by Basil Spence in the style of a 17th-century Scottish Baronial tower house.

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

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