Lives of the fellows

John Wale Hicks

b.1840 d.11 October 1899
BA Lond(1861) BSc(1862) MB(1863) BA Cantab(1870) MD Lond MA DD Cantab Hon MD Cape of Good Hope MRCS FRCP(1881)

John Hicks was born at King’s Kerswell, Devon, the son of Samuel Hicks, naval interpreter, of Highgate. He went to school in Torquay and then became a student of London University, taking the degrees of B.A. in 1861 and B.Sc. in 1862. St. Thomas’s Hospital was his medical school, and he received a number of junior appointments there after graduating as M.B. in 1863. In 1866, however, he went up to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read, in turn, mathematics, natural sciences (in which he gained first-class honours) and theology. He took the Cambridge B.A. in 1870 and was elected University demonstrator of chemistry in the following year. In 1871 he was admitted to Holy Orders and for the next twenty-one years he was curate, and after 1887 vicar, of St. Mary-the-Less, Cambridge. He was also examining chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln. He was made a fellow of his College in 1874 and acted as its dean from 1878 to 1892.

In 1892 Hicks was called to the bishopric of Bloemfontein, his diocese comprising the Orange Free State, Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Griqualand West. Here, supported by an organised body of helpers at home, he gave himself to his work with unfailing devotion in conditions that bore hardly on one unaccustomed to an active life. He died unmarried at Maseru, in Basutoland.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1899; B.M.J., 1899; Guardian, 18 Oct. 1899; Al.Cantab., ii, 359]

(Volume IV, page 281)

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