Merton Sandler

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Merton Sandler
Sandler in March 1997
Born(1926-03-28)28 March 1926
Died24 August 2014(2014-08-24) (aged 88)

Merton Sandler (28 March 1926 – 24 August 2014) was a British professor of chemical pathology and a pioneer in biological psychiatry.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Sandler studied at the Manchester Grammar School and the University of Manchester. In 1959, he suggested a link between depression and monoamine deficiency in the brain, which led to the development of antidepressants. Sandler was Professor of Chemical Pathology at the University of London from 1973 to 1991.

Private life[edit]

Sandler married Lorna Grenby in 1961 and they had four children. He was an active Freemason initiated in 1954 in the In Arduis Fidelis Lodge (London), and two years later in the Holy Royal Arch. He belonged to several lodges and chapters,[3] and held office in the United Grand Lodge of England.[4]


  1. ^ Sandler, Dido (9 October 2014). "Merton Sandler obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Merton SANDLER". Debrett's People of Today. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "History of the Chapter". Royal Somerset House & Inverness Chapter. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Grand Officers Alphabetically Arranged". United Grand Lodge of England: Masonic Year Book (edition 2013-2014) (2013-2014 ed.). London: UGLE. 2013. p. 253.

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