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Sir Walter Morley Fletcher, KBE, FRS [1] (21 July 1873 – 7 June 1933)[2] was a British physiologist and administrator. Fletcher graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge and was most significant in his administration of the Medical Research Council (MRC) during the interwar years. Under his guidance, the MRC focused its funding on basic scientific research at the expense of clinical research but he made Britain a leader in biomedical research in the period.

Sir Walter Fletcher
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Walter Morley Fletcher (1873-1933)
Born(1873-07-21)21 July 1873
Died7 June 1933(1933-06-07) (aged 59)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Known forMuscle physiology
Scientific career
InstitutionsCambridge University
Academic advisorsJohn Newport Langley
Notable studentsArchibald Hill


  1. ^ e., T. R. (1933). "Sir Walter Morley Fletcher. 1873-1933". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 1 (2): 153–163. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1933.0015.
  2. ^ "Obituary Notice: Walter Morley Fletcher. (1873-1933.)". The Biochemical Journal. 27 (5): 1333–1336. 1933. doi:10.1042/bj0271333. PMC 1253032. PMID 16745236.
    - "Royal Society citation".