Hester Adrian, Baroness Adrian

Hester Agnes Adrian, Baroness Adrian, DBE (née Pinsent; 16 September 1899 – 20 May 1966) was a British mental health worker. In 1965, the year before her death, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contributions.


Hester Agnes Adrian

Baroness Adrian, DBE
Hester Agnes Pinsent

(1899-09-16)September 16, 1899
DiedMay 20, 1966(1966-05-20) (aged 66)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
OccupationMental health worker
Spouse(s)Edgar Adrian (m. 1923)


Hester Agnes Pinsent was born in 1899, the only daughter of Hume Chancellor Pinsent (a relative of the philosopher David Hume) and his wife Dame Ellen Pinsent (née Parker).

She married Edgar Douglas Adrian on 14 June 1923. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1932, and he was President of the Royal Society from 1950-1955. They had three children, a daughter and mixed twins:


  1. ^ Peter Townend, ed., Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 105th edition (London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1970), p. 27