Lives of the fellows

Benjamin Hoadley

b.10 February 1705/6 d.August 1757
MB Cantab(1727) MD(1728) FRS FRCP(1736)

Benjamin Hoadley, M.D., was the eldest son of Benjamin Hoadley, D.D., who died bishop of Winchester in 1761. Our physician was born in Broad-street, City, 10 February, 1705—6, and was educated at a school kept by Dr. Newcome, of Hackney. He was entered at Corpus Christi college, Cambridge, in 1722, as a member of which house he proceeded M.B. in 172 7, and in April, 1728, was created doctor of medicine, comitiis Regiis. He then settled in London, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, and admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1735; and a Fellow, 29th December, 1736. He was Gulstonian lecturer in 1737, Censor in 1739, and Harveian orator in 1742. On the 28th April, 1735, Dr. Hoadley was elected physician to St. George’s hospital, and in 1736 to the Westminster hospital, both of which appointments he continued to hold for some years. That at the Westminster hospital he resigned in 1746, and that at St. George’s in 1751. He was appointed physician to the king’s household in June, 1742, and physician to the household of the prince of Wales in January, 1745-6. Dr. Hoadley died in August, 1757. He was the author of "The Suspicious Husband," a comedy: and he published his Harveian oration, and his Gulstonian lectures —the latter on the Organs of Respiration, to which he added an appendix, containing " Remarks on some Experiments of Dr. Houlston, published in the Philosophical Transactions." This appendix is said by Haller to be a very ingenious defence of a bad cause. Its author is described by Haller as " elegantis ingenii vir, poeta etiam comicus."(1)

William Munk

[(1) Biblioth. Anat. vol. ii., p. 326]

(Volume II, page 132)

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