Lives of the fellows

Edmund Lockyer

b.28 October 1782 d.2 December 1816
MD Edin(1805) LRCP(1809)

Edmund Lockyer, M.D., the son of Edmund Lockyer, esq., of Plymouth, J.P. and D.L. of the county of Devon, by his wife Eleanor, daughter of Francis Penrose, esq., of Durian, co. Cornwall, was born 28th October, 1782, at Plymouth, the scene of his brief professional career. After a good preliminary education he proceeded to Edinburgh, where he applied himself with great enthusiasm to the study of botany, chemistry, and geology, the latter of which sciences became a passion with him rather than a mere amusement, and in it, had his life been spared, he would probably have ranked among discoverers.

He graduated doctor of medicine at Edinburgh 24th June, 1805 (D.M.I. de Chorea), and then removed to London, where he attended hospital practice and dissections. Dr. Lockyer was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 27th March, 1809, immediately after which he returned to his native town, where his abilities, varied attainments, and family connections opened to him a prospect of much professional success.

In 1810, when only twenty-eight years of age, he was elected mayor of Plymouth, and in 1813 and 1815, was vice-president of the Plymouth Philosophical Institution. In each of these years he delivered a short course of lectures at the institution—the first on mineralogy, the last on geology. Of the latter course two lectures only were delivered, and in November Dr. Lockyer requested, on account of ill health, to be excused the remainder of his course. Shortly after this he became suddenly incoherent at a meeting of the Medical Society, and was never again able to attend to business. He had frequent attacks of mental excitement, and died of abscess in the brain on the 2nd December, 1816, aged thirty-four.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 74)

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