Lives of the fellows

John Edward Morgan

b.1828-9 d.5 September 1892
BA Oxon(1852) BM(1861) MA DM FRCP(1868)

J. E. Morgan was born at Gothenburg in Sweden, the second son of Rev. Morgan Morgan, vicar of Conway in Wales, and went to school at Conway and at Shrewsbury. At University College, Oxford, he read classics with the intention of entering the Church, but, after taking his B.A. degree in 1852, he decided on a medical career. He studied at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, and in French and German medical schools, and graduated as B.M. in 1861. He then settled in Manchester, obtaining appointments as physician to the Salford Hospital and lecturer on pathology at the School of Medicine. In 1867 he was made physician to the Royal Infirmary and the Cheadle Lunatic Asylum, and six years later joint professor of medicine at Owens College. His early practice in the poorer districts of Salford gave him a first-hand knowledge of working-class living conditions and thereafter he was particularly interested in problems of public health, the relation of environment to health, and the dangers inherent in the rapid growth of large cities. By his writings and speeches, he exercised a considerable influence on the medical and public opinion of his day. He was also, as an old athlete and former captain of his college boat, deeply interested in sport. His research into the after-history of rowing blues did much to dispel a prevalent belief that the intensive training and discipline required by the University boat race had a deleterious influence on the health and longevity of the oarsmen. His University Oars, published in 1873, became a minor classic on the subject. Morgan’s wife was the daughter of Major Darroch of Gourock. One of his brothers was the Right Hon. Sir George Osborne Morgan, Q.C., M.P, and another became Master of Jesus College, Cambridge.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1892; Al.Oxon., iii, 981]

(Volume IV, page 163)

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