Archibald Vivian Hill, 26 September, 1886 - 3 June 1977

  title={Archibald Vivian Hill, 26 September, 1886 - 3 June 1977},
  author={Bernard S. Katz},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={149 - 71}
  • B. Katz
  • Published 1 November 1978
  • History
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
A. V. Hill was born in Bristol, the son of Jonathan Hill (1857-1924) and Ada Priscilla (née Rumney) (1861-1943). The father was the second of nine children; the mother one of four sisters. They were married in 1880, and had a son and a daughter, Muriel, who was born in February 1889. She became a biochemist and married Dr T. S. Hele, a colleague who worked in the same field and was later elected Master of Emmanuel College,Cambridge. Muriel died in 1941. A. V. (as he became known to his family… 
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Hill, Archibald Vivian
1886–1977 English physiologist noted for his work on the thermodynamics of muscle fibres. Keywords: physiology; biophysics; thermodynamics; muscle heat; lactic acid


The absorption of work by a muscle stretched during a single twitch or a short tetanus
It appears that the physical system responsible for mechanical work is reversibly coupled, during the active state, with a chemical system providing the necessary energy; and that this coupling is broken when activity passes off.
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