Lives of the fellows

William Marcet

b.1829 d.4 March 1900
MD Edin FRS FRCP(1859)

William Marcet was born at Geneva, the son of Professor Francis Marcet and grandson of Dr. Alexander Marcet, F.R.S, physician to Guy’s Hospital. After graduating at Edinburgh in 1850, he started to practise in London and presently became assistant physician to both Westminster and Brompton Hospitals, where he was one of the earlier specialists in laryngology. He was also a pioneer in physiological chemistry. He worked on such problems as the absorption of fat and the action of bile, and did many original experiments on the problems of respiration. Much of his work was done in the physiological laboratory of University College and, indeed, being amply endowed with private means, he gave up the practice of medicine relatively early in life in order to devote himself to scientific research. A keen traveller and mountaineer, he made various observations on the effects of altitude and exercise on breathing and metabolism generally, many of which were included in his Croonian Lectures of 1895 at the Royal College of Physicians. Marcet was also a keen meteorologist and president of the Meteorological Society. He had a Swiss home near Geneva but was staying at Luxor when he died.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1900; B.M.J., 1900; Times, 10 Mar. 1900]

(Volume IV, page 111)

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