Lives of the fellows

Edward Liveing

b.8 February 1832 d.2 April 1919
MRCS(1854) BA Cantab(1858) MD MRCP FRCP(1874)

Edward Liveing was born at Nayland, Suffolk, the second son of Edward Liveing, a medical practitioner, and his wife Catherine, only daughter of George Downing, barrister, of Lincoln’s Inn. For his medical education he attended King’s College, London, and, in 1854, after qualifying as M.R.C.S, he went up to Caius College, Cambridge. He graduated in mathematics in 1858 and in medicine in 1859, and then obtained the newly instituted membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He returned to King’s College Hospital as an assistant physician in 1860, and later became consulting physician to the Marylebone General Dispensary. For two years (1870-71) he acted as examiner in medicine at Cambridge. Both Caius and King’s College, London, elected him to fellowships. Liveing, however, was chiefly remembered for his services to the Royal College of Physicians. After three years as Assistant Registrar, he succeeded Sir Henry Pitman as Registrar in 1889, and the honorary title of Emeritus Registrar was conferred on him on his retirement in 1909. He was twice married: firstly, in 1854 to Frances, daughter of Lieut. Henry Torlesse, R.N, police magistrate at Hobart, by whom he had three sons and two daughters ; and, secondly, in 1893 to Harriet Susan, daughter of Rev. Canon J. Wilson Brown, rector of Stowlangtoft, Suffolk. His younger brother, Robert Liveing, F.R.C.P, predeceased him by a few weeks.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1919; B.M.J., 1919; Lyle, 124; Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 318]

(Volume IV, page 227)

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