Lives of the fellows

Alexander John Gaspard Marcet

b.1770 d.19 October 1822
MD Edin(1797) LRCP(1799) FRS

Alexander John Gaspard Marcet, M.D., was born at Geneva in 1770, and received a good preliminary education in that city. He proceeded to Edinburgh in 1794, and graduated doctor of medicine in that university 24th June, 1797 (D.M.I. de Diabete). Dr. Marcet then settled in London; was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1799; and about the same time was appointed physician to the City dispensary. He was elected physician to Guy’s hospital 18th April, 1804. In 1809, having volunteered his services on behalf of the troops then returned from Walcheren, he was appointed to the charge of the temporary military hospital at Portsmouth, and remained there some months. Returning to London, he resumed his practice and his duties at Guy’s hospital. Some years after this, having come into possession of an ample fortune by the death of his wife’s father, Mr. Haldimand, a wealthy London merchant, Dr. Marcet determined to withdraw from practice and devote himself exclusively to the cultivation of science and literature. He resigned his office at Guy’s hospital 10th March, 1819, and returned to Geneva, where he was appointed a member of the Representative Council, and honorary professor of chemistry. In conjunction with his friend Dr. de la Rive (an Extra-Licentiate of our College), he gave a course of lectures on chemistry in the spring of 1820. Dr. Marcet returned to England in the autumn of 1821, to spend the ensuing winter in London, but with the intention of finally removing with his family to Geneva. He paid a visit to Scotland, and whilst on his way back, though London to Switzerland, was attacked with gout in the stomach, and died in Great Coram-street, 19th October, 1822, aged fifty-two. Dr. Marcet was a very accomplished chemist, and published many valuable papers in the "Philosophical Transactions," and in various scientific journals. He was a fellow of the Royal and Geological Societies, and was one of the original promoters of the Medico-Chirurgical Society. His portrait, by Raeburn, was engraved by Meyer.

Dr. Marcet was the author of—
A Chemical Account of the Brighton Chalybeate. 8vo. Lond. 1805.
An Essay on the Chemical History and Medical Treatment of Calculous Diseases. 8vo. Lond. 1817.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 466)

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