Person    | Male  Born 13/2/1728  Died 16/10/1793

John Hunter

Categories: Medicine

Countries: Scotland

Pioneer anatomist and surgeon. Born in East Kilbride, Scotland. He left school at the age of 13 and after an unremarkable childhood, journeyed south to London to work as a dissector for his brother William, a teacher of anatomy. He studied surgery at Chelsea and St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

He was a pupil and house surgeon at St George’s Hospital at Hyde Park Corner  from 1754 and in 1768 was appointed to the staff as a surgeon. He was a distinguished teacher and amongst his students was Edward Jenner.

His interest in surgery grew to such an extent that he formed a collection of 10,500 anatomical specimens, initially accommodated in his house in Leicester Square, now at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1767 and has been called the founder of scientific surgery.

He collapsed and died at a meeting of St George’s Board of Governors at which he was involved in a heated discussion over the admission of students.

Londonist has mapped John Hunter's London, showing not just the memorials but all the important locations in his life. And the Library Time Machine has pictures and information about his house in Earl's Court.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
John Hunter

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John Hunter bust - Tooting

This is a far better sculpture than our photo shows. Two versions of this bus...

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John Hunter - Gateway

{At the top of the gateway, below the bust:} John Hunter 1728 - 1793. Founded...

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John Hunter, Leicester Square

All four of the Leicester Square busts were removed in the 2010-12 redesign, ...

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John Hunter, Lincoln's Inn Fields

{The front of the stone plinth is inscribed:} Hunter {On a plaque attached ...

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John Hunter plaque

{On the main, round plaque:} LCC John Hunter, 1728 - 1793, surgeon, lived h...

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Guild of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew

Guild of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew

The Guild is a voluntary organisation that supports the work of the hospital. It provides equipment and comforts for the benefit of patients and staff through the income raised by the work of volun...

Group, Community / Clubs, Medicine

2 memorials
Dr. Joseph Rogers

Dr. Joseph Rogers

Health care reformer. The picture source, an article on Rogers in the British Medical Journal, 16/12/1989, was kindly brought to my attention by one of its authors, Ruth Richardson.

Person, Medicine

1 memorial
Sir Peter Medawar

Sir Peter Medawar

OM, FRS, Nobel Laureate.   Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  His pioneering wartime research on tissue grafting won him the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1960.  Not a fan of psychoanalysis - ...

Person, Medicine, Brazil

2 memorials
New Tunbridge Wells

New Tunbridge Wells

Pleasure Gardens and Medicinal Well. Also known as Islington Spa.

Place, Commerce, Medicine

1 memorial
Thomas Sydenham
1 memorial