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Browne, Edward (1644–1708), physician and traveller, was born in Norwich, the eldest of the eleven children of Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682), physician and author, and his wife, Dorothy Mileham (1621–1685). He was educated at Norwich grammar school and in 1657 was admitted a pensioner at ...

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Connor [formerly O'Connor], Bernard (c. 1666–1698), physician and writer on Poland, the son of Bernard O'Connor, born in co. Kerry, Ireland, was descended from the O'Connor Kerry family, lords of Kerry. As a Roman Catholic, he was prohibited from attending school or university, and was therefore taught privately by tutors. Of his life in ...

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Coxe, Daniel (1640–1730), physician, natural philosopher, and colonial adventurer, was the son of Daniel Coxe (d. 1686), gentleman, of Stoke Newington, Middlesex. He matriculated at Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1659, becoming a scholar in 1661. Coxe first came to the fore in the mid-1660s as an associate of ...

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Cuningham, William (c. 1531–1586), physician and cartographer, was probably born in Norfolk. He was admitted pensioner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1548, matriculated three years later, and graduated MB in 1557. Cuningham also travelled on the continent, possibly in connection with Mary Tudor's...

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Dover, Thomas (bap. 1662, d. 1742), physician and privateer, was baptized on 6 May 1662 at Barton on the Heath, Warwickshire, the third son of John Dover (bap. 1614, d. 1696), gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Vade. Thomas was grandson of ...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Kingsley, George Henry (1826–1892), physician and traveller, the fourth of the five children of the Revd Charles Kingsley (1781–1860) of Battramsley House in the New Forest, and his wife, Mary (1787–1873), daughter of Nathan Lucas, was born at Barnack rectory, Barnack, Northamptonshire, on 14 February 1826. ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Leared, Arthur (1822–1879), physician and traveller, born at Wexford, Ireland, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA, 1845; MB, 1847; MD, 1860), and was admitted MD ad eundem at Oxford on 7 February 1861. He first practised in co. Wexford, and in 1852 he established himself as a physician in ...

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Lefevre, Sir George William (1798–1846), physician and traveller, was born at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. He is known to have had two brothers, but nothing more is known of his family background. After apprenticeship to a medical practitioner in Shropshire, he studied medicine at Edinburgh University...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Packe, Christopher (1686–1749), physician and cartographer, was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 6 March 1686 and was probably the son of Christopher Packe (b. in or before 1657, d. in or after 1708), chemist. Little is known of his life, but he was educated at ...

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Platter, Thomas (1574–1628), physician and traveller, was born on 24 July 1574 in the protestant city of Basel, Switzerland, the elder son among six children of Thomas Platter (1499–1582), schoolmaster, and his second wife, Hester Gross or Grossmann (b. 1547). Thomas the elder...

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Richardson, Sir John (1787–1865), physician, naturalist, and Arctic explorer, was born on 5 November 1787 at 11 Nith Place, Dumfries, Scotland, eldest of the twelve children of Gabriel Richardson and Anne, daughter of Peter Mundell of Dumfries. Gabriel Richardson was a prosperous brewer, provost at one time, and chief magistrate of ...

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Sir John Richardson (1787–1865) by Bernhard Smith, 1842 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. Le G. Norgate

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Richardson, Robert (1779–1847), physician and traveller, was probably born in Stirlingshire. After leaving Stirling grammar school he studied arts at Glasgow University, though he graduated MD at Edinburgh on 12 September 1807. After practising for a time in Dumfriesshire, he became travelling physician to ...

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Stewart, William (1830–1916), medical practitioner and businessman in Paraguay, was born at Pitcairn, Grandtully, Perthshire, on 6 August 1830, the son of William Stewart (d. 1873) and his wife, Catherine, née Macfarlane. He attended school in London, then studied at Perth Academy...