[Neuroscience] Re: The action potential: Who was its inventor?

Francis Burton fburton at nyx.net
Fri Aug 12 16:30:44 EST 2005


In article <1122913408.533850.4050 at f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>,
 <tehgabriel at web.de> wrote:
>Even though this introducing question isn't meant deeply serious, its
>background kept me busy for the last two days. Two questions that may
>sound very simple. But  i have to confess that i have no answer to
>them.

Another question, which you didn't pose, has been exercising
me mildly for a few days - namely, when did the term "action
potential" enter common usage and who was the first to coin
the phrase? 

I have yet to find the definitive answer. However, in the
early 1900s, the term "action current" seems to have been
prevalent. By 1930 or so, there were still published papers
that were using this term, but at the same time others,
including Lord Adrian, were emphasizing the "change in
potential" rather more in their writings.

Francis


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