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Geoffrey Burnstock
Born(1929-05-10)10 May 1929
London, England
Died2 June 2020(2020-06-02) (aged 91)
FieldsPurinergic signalling
InstitutionsUCL Medical School
Alma materKing's College London
University College London
Notable awardsRoyal Medal (2000)
FRS (1986)

Geoffrey Burnstock (10 May 1929 – 2 June 2020) was an English-born Australian neurobiologist. He was President of the Autonomic Neuroscience Centre of the UCL Medical School. He was best known for creating the term purinergic signalling, which he discovered in the 1970s.[1] He retired in October 2017.


  1. Lewis Wolpert (10 August 2005). "Lewis Wolpert: The Sceptical Inquirer". The Independent. "He coined the term "purinergic signalling" in 1972 in a key paper that has since been cited more than 2,000 times by other key scientists."