Ernest Overton

Charles Ernest Overton (1865–1933) was a British physiologist and biologist, now regarded as a pioneer of the theory of the cell membrane.[1]

In the last years of the 19th century Overton did experimental work, allowing the distinction to be drawn between the cell wall of plants and their cytoplasmic membrane.[2] He studied the permeability of a range of biological materials to around 500 chemical compounds.[3]

See also


  1. Membrane Permeability: 100 Years Since Ernest Overton: 100 Years Since Ernest Overton. Academic Press. 21 May 1999. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-08-058519-2.
  2. Henry Harris (2000). The Birth of the Cell. Yale University Press. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-0-300-08295-1.
  3. Randy O. Wayne (15 September 2009). Plant Cell Biology: From Astronomy to Zoology. Academic Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-08-092127-3.
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