(William) Grey Walter

(1910—1976) neurophysiologist

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(1910–76). Anglo-American physiologist, born in Kansas City and educated at Westminster School, London, and at Cambridge. As a postgraduate student with E. D. Adrian, he worked on muscle contraction before joining Frederick Lucien Golla at the Maudsley Hospital in London in 1935, to start his work on the electrical activity of the brain by recording the electroencephalogram (the EEG) that was to continue for the next 40 years. In 1939 he moved with Golla to Bristol, to open a research laboratory and clinic called the Burden Neurological Institute. In addition to his work on the EEG, Grey Walter was much concerned with the development and use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and the first shock treatment on patients in Britain was done at the Institute, with apparatus he designed and constructed.


From The Oxford Companion to the Mind in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Psychology.

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