Sorting Out the Doctors Hodgkin

This week’s post is a bit of a turnabout. I’m going to pose a question about three famous figures from biology and medicine, all named Hodgkin—who is whom and how related, if at all.

This is an exercise in information–seeking. Next week I’ll discuss what I came up with after  ‘going down the rabbit hole.’ 

The cast of characters

Thomas Hodgkin (1798–1866)
Thomas Hodgkin (1831–1913)
Thomas Lionel Hodgkin (1910–1982)
Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910–1994)
Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin (1914–1998) 


Questions to answer

(These you might know off the top of your head)

Which one(s) won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine?
Which one(s) have a well–known disease named after them?

(Bonus questions)

Which one(s)’ father-in-law also won a Nobel in Medicine?
Which one(s) taught at the hospital where the poet John Keats trained in surgery?
Which one(s) were not born a Hodgkin.
Which one(s) were, in fact, historians, related to biology and medicine only by family history.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Encyclopedia Britannica |

See you next week. 

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