Sir Gabriel Horn dies

Gabriel Horn

Professor Sir Gabriel Horn MD, ScD, FRS, FRCF (1927-2012)

Professor Sir Gabriel Horn died yesterday, aged 84. Sir Gabriel was Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's.

He was born in 1927 and attended Handsworth Technical School in Birmingham, but left at 16 to work in his parents' shop. He studied part-time, however, and after service in the RAF he read Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

He came to the University of Cambridge in 1956 and became a Lecturer and then Reader in Anatomy. He was a Fellow of King's from 1962 to 1974, and then moved to the University of Bristol. He returned to Cambridge in 1977 to become the head of the Department of Zoology, and started a second period as a Fellow here (1978-92).

He was then Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from 1992 to 1999 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1994 to 1997. He was elected a Life Fellow of King's after his retirement from Sidney.

He was particularly interested in the mechanisms of learning and memory, and received many honours for his work. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986, received their Royal Medal in 2001, and was was knighted in 2002 'for services to Neurobiology and to the Advancement of Scientific Research'.

3 August 2012