Bell, Charles (1774–1842)

Charles Bell

Charles Bell was a Scottish anatomist and surgeon, a pioneering investigator of the workings of the nervous system, whose most important discovery was to distinguish the functions of sensory nerves and motor nerves. He was also the first to describe the facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy. Bell was professor of anatomy and surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and from 1836 was professor of surgery at Edinburgh University.