Corneille Jean FranÃ§ois Heymans was a Flemish physiologist. He studied at the prestigious Jesuit College of Sainte Barbe after which he proceeded to Ghent University, where he obtained a doctor's degree in 1920.
After graduation Heymans worked at the CollÃ¨ge de France, the University of Lausanne, the University of Vienna, University College London and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 1922 Heymans became Lecturer in Pharmacodynamics at Ghent University, and in 1930 succeeded his father, Jean-FranÃ§ois Heymans, as Professor of Pharmacology, as well as being appointed Head of the Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacodynamics, and Toxicology; and Director of the J. F. Heymans Institute.
Heymans was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1938 for showing how blood pressure and the oxygen content of the blood are measured by the body and transmitted to the brain.
Heymans married Berthe May, an ophthalmologist, in 1929 and had four children. He died in Knokke from a stroke.