This morning my newspaper contained the obituary of Sir Alan Hodgkin, Nobel
Laureate together with Andrew Huxley and John Eccles, in physiology and medicine.
What has this to do with our interest in electronics? Well, the prize was
awarded for the elucidation of the mechanism of the propagation of electrical
impulses along neural fibres, the basis of our own internal electronic system.
Before the understanding of these mechanisms the position in this field would have
been akin to that of Oersted, Faraday, Ohm, Ampère and Maxwell in trying to
understand conduction, since at that time the electron was unknown and, for
example, they imagined that an electric field somehow created charge to allow for
conduction. The intimate interactions between electrical and biochemical activity
are nowadays of great interest with the possibility of constructing electronic–
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