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Eccles was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study under Charles Scott Sherrington at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy in 1929.

In 1963 he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the synapse, shared with with Andrew Huxley and Alan Lloyd Hodgkin.

Audio recording: Inhibitory pathways in the spinal cord by Sir John Eccles (probably early 1960s) from a recording found in the effects of Dr Roy Kay and kindly donated by Jim Heffer.