Lives of the fellows

Richard Tanner Hewlett

b.1865 d.10 September 1940
MD Lond(1890) MRCS DPH FRCP(1906)

Richard Tanner Hewlett was born in London, the son of Richard Hewlett, a Stroud solicitor. He was a pupil of King’s College School before entering King’s College, London, as a medical student in 1883. He qualified in 1889 and graduated as M.B. in 1890, having won scholarships at each stage of his academic career. He was given house appointments in King’s College Hospital and spent a further three years, from 1891 to 1894, as a demonstrator of bacteriology there. His next post was as bacteriologist to the Jenner (later, the Lister) Institute. In 1901, however, he returned to King’s to accept the chair of bacteriology, which he occupied till retiring as emeritus professor in 1925. Hewlett also maintained a long association with the Seamen’s Hospital, Greenwich, where he became physician in 1899, director of pathology in 1908, and ultimately consulting pathologist. He lectured on bacteriology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and during the 1914-1918 War acted as pathologist to the Richmond War Hospital. He gave the Milroy Lectures at the Royal College of Physicians in 1909 and examined on behalf of London University. A fluent writer, he was the author of two popular textbooks, Manual of Bacteriology (1898), which ran through nine editions, and Pathology, General and Special (1906), which, after eight editions, received a new lease of life when J. McIntosh collaborated with the author in producing a ninth. Other publications by Hewlett were Serum Therapy, Bacterial Therapeutics, and Vaccines (1903) and Principles of Preventive Medicine (1921). Interested mainly in the application of bacteriology to hygiene and public health, Hewlett was a studious, unassuming, friendly individual. He married, firstly, in 1893 Louise, daughter of F. Stratton of East Sheen, by whom he had three sons and two daughters, and, secondly, in 1915 Gertrude Lilian Floyd, daughter of C. E. Collins of East Grinstead, by whom he had three sons. He died at Greenwich.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1940; B.M.J., 1940; Nature, 26 Oct. 1940; Lyle, 283]

(Volume IV, page 476)

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