Lives of the fellows

Henry Paman

b.1625 d.June 1695
AM Oxon(1655) MD Cantab Hon FRCP(1664) MD Oxon(1669) FRS(1678) FRCP(1687)

Henry Paman, MD, was the son of Robert Paman, of Chevington, co Suffolk, gent, and on the 22nd June, 1643, being then in his eighteenth year, was admitted a sizar of Emmanuel college, Cambridge, under the tutorship of Mr Sancroft, afterwards archbishop of Canterbury. On the 22nd July, 1646, he removed to St John’s college, of which society he became a fellow. He took the two degrees in arts, and on the 11th July, 1655, was incorporated at Oxford on his master’s degree. He proceeded doctor of medicine at Cambridge, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians in December, 1664. He was incorporated doctor of medicine at Oxford 13th July, 1669 and was appointed public orator at Cambridge in 1672.

On the promotion of archbishop Sancroft to the see of Canterbury in 1677, Dr Paman quitted Cambridge and resided with the archbishop at Lambeth, in the capacity of companion. On the 21st June, 1679, he succeeded Dr Mapletoft as professor of physic in Gresham college. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society in 1678. Having been created a Fellow of our College by the charter of king James II, he was admitted as such 12th April, 1687. He delivered the Harveian oration in 1688. In June, 1689, he resigned his professorship at Gresham college, and towards the end of that year, upon the removal of the archbishop from the archiepiscopal see, he removed to Covent-garden, where he died in June,1695, in his seventieth year, and was buried on the 8th of that month, in the parish church of St Paul’s. Dr Paman was the friend of Sydenharn, and to him the great physician addressed the second of the “Epistolæ Responsoriæ,” that, namely, “de Luis Venereæ Historiâ et Curatione.”

William Munk

(Volume I, page 446)

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