Happy Birthday Marthe Vogt!

Ever wondered how your brain makes you move? Well, we have that information, courtesy of Marthe Vogt. She found out an extraordinary amount of information over an extraordinarily long lifespan (100 years and 1 day, to be exact). She contributed to our current knowledge of adrenaline/epinephrine’s effects. This neurotransmitter sends you running at the sight of a bear, and helps you stay alive on cold days (vasoconstriction). She did research on other neurotransmitters like serotonin and noradrenaline

Marthe Vogt was born on September 8, 1903 in Berlin to two anatomists, Cécile and Oskar Vogt. When she was 17, she began studies in medicine and chemistry and got a degree as Doctor of Medicine. She also later earned a Ph.D in Chemistry. During her career, she did work and experiments on pharmacology (medicines’ effect on the body) and endocrinology (hormones) at the Institute of Pharmacology in Berlin.

At age 28 she rose to be the head of the chemical division at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute für Hirnforschung (brain science). She worked on pharmacology and the central nervous system.

During WWII, she and other scientists made the move to Britain, where she joined the British Pharmacological Society. She coauthored a paper on releases of acetylcholine in 1936 (having trouble pronouncing that one, but we think it’s ah-se-till-koh-leen. Maybe). She then did more research at Cambridge on physiology and got an honorary doctorate. Afterwards, she did more work on neurotransmitters and wrote another paper on acetylcholine (she likes that stuff more than a New Horizons physicist like data). She then was a visiting professor at Columbia University in 1949. During the nest 30 years, Marthe would go between Cambridge, London, and Edinburgh and finally headed back to Cambridge to head Babraham Institute’s Pharmacology Unit, retiring in 1968. She stayed there and researched there until 1990 before dying a day after her birthday in 2003.

Marthe Vogt did so many things in her life that we literally couldn’t fit all of her accomplishments into one article without boring you to death. She is one amazing scientist! Happy Birthday!!

It’s an amazing world of science out there…let’s go exploring!

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. YellowCable says:

    Great contributions!!!

  2. lbeth1950 says:

    Thank you. I am sorry to say I never heard of this brilliant woman.

  3. Sadly Madame Curie is all people really hear about. There were some amazing female scientist! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I like her area of research, and I too, was not familiar with her.

  5. Yes! There areas many women in science that no one has heard of. Sad!! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. annascuisine says:

    It’s unfortunate that we don’t hear more female scientists doing amazing work or contribution unless someone like you go out of their way to mention them. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. So true. All you hear about is Madame Curie who was brilliant but not the only female scientist. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  8. annascuisine says:

    The pleasure’s all mine. 🙂

  9. Hargun Wahi says:

    Thanks for sharing such valuable information. I am glad now I do know about Marthe Vogt.

  10. Prajakta says:

    Happy Birthday! It was nice to put a name and history behind the term “Adrenalin Rush” – okay, she probably did not coin the term but still. The fact that yet another female scientist has driven such splendid discoveries is good to know.

  11. amommasview says:

    Wow! Never heard of her. How brilliant! Thank you so much for this! Just figured that she would have been one to mention for Silver Lining Mama’s SHElogy back then…

  12. It’s the same story. Bringing women history to the foreground. There are so many others. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  13. It does the scientific heart good. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  14. Her sister was just as amazing. Thank you for stopping by.

  15. What an amazing scientist! And a splendid post about her life and contribution to our knowledge base of why we are the way we are 🙂 A life like hers is so very inspiring.
    Thank you for your contribution to our community here, bringing us the facts about what so many take for granted. It occurred to me that you are our Scientific journalists here at WordPress!

  16. Ha, ha! The girls will get a kick out of hearing that. They would love to become scientific Journalist!! We all learned so much this summer so the time off was worth it.

  17. Impressive bio! Thank you so much for sharing her profile, an inspiring lady!

  18. It was impressive. So was her sisters.Thank for stopping by.

  19. She sounds like a genius! At very least, very curious and ambitious. So, so surprising a woman like her is not in history books, maybe even a bit of a shame that she’s not. You do a great service by bringing attention to such greatness. It’s much appreciated!

  20. Her sister was just as amazing. The pair really were geniuses!

  21. marymtf says:

    Sue Bursztynski wrote a book for young adults called – Potions to Pulsars: Women Doing Science, that I thought was good. The only way to keep pioneering women alive is surely to do what you and she have done, write about them and offer them to our girls.

  22. What an interesting read!!!

  23. Well thank you so much. Looking forward to your blog set-up.

  24. Wow! What an amazing woman! And I’d never even heard of her! What a prolific body of work!
    Thanks for the follow.

  25. What a wonderful contribution she made. A long life well lived!

  26. Thank you so much for stopping by & your support. You have such a wonderful blog and we enjoy it!

  27. It was definitely a live well lived!

  28. stomperdad says:

    She was an ambitious woman. Amazing she was able to do and discover what she did considering the times in which she lived. Thanks for this!

  29. Thank you for stopping by!

  30. I continue to be surprised about all of the very intelligent and accomplished women who were absolutely no part of what was considered an excellent public school education in a well funded school district. Course that was way many years ago.


    I do wonder how inclusive the text books are ….especially with the rewriting of American history recently, and if the curriculum gives equal time to the ladies.

    Very nice post.

  31. Faraday's Candle says:

    Well todays ladies are making demands on the ladies being featured in science history books. It is amazing what you find out when really looking for it!

    Thank you so so much for stopping by and your support!

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