Lives of the fellows

Richard Grainger Hebb

b.29 April 1848 d.12 May 1918
BA Cantab(1871) MA MD MRCS LSA FRCP(1891)

Richard Hebb was born at Islington, the eldest son of John Hebb, bricklayer, of East Dulwich, and his wife Anne. He was educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and King’s College, London, taking the Cambridge B.A. degree in 1871 and qualifying in 1874. His junior appointments were at King’s College Hospital and the Stanhope Street Dispensary. In 1879, during the Zulu War, he served as a civil surgeon in South Africa. In 1888, he was elected assistant physician to the Westminster Hospital, where in due course he became physician and consulting physician. He was also director of its pathological department and lectured on forensic medicine, medicine and general pathology. He was pathologist, too, at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. Hebb did not excel as a teacher of medicine, but he drew large audiences to his demonstrations of morbid anatomy. His knowledge of this subject was profound, although, owing to an ingrained modesty and, perhaps, to a want of scientific imagination, he published little. He married in 1903, Henrietta Frances, daughter of Nathaniel Sharp.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1918; Lyle, 151; Al.Cantab., ii, 318]

(Volume IV, page 348)

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