Corneille Jean François Heymans

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Heymans, Corneille Jean François


Born Mar. 28, 1892, in Ghent; died July 18, 1968, in Knokke. Belgian physiologist and pharmacologist.

Heymans graduated from the University of Ghent and in 1920 earned his M.D. He worked in physiology laboratories in Belgium as well as in Austria, Great Britain, the United States, France, and Switzerland. He became a professor and director of the Institute of Pharmacodynamics and Therapy in Ghent in 1930.

Heymans dealt mainly with the regulation of blood circulation and respiration and the physiology and pathology of the brain after temporary cessation of the blood flow. He discovered the significance of sinus and aortal mechanisms in regulating the blood circulation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1938.


“Le centre respiratoire.” Annales de physiologie et de physicochimie biologique, 1935, vol. 11. (With D. Cordier.)
Introduction to the Regulation of Blood Pressure and Heart Rate. Springfield, 111., 1950.