Lives of the fellows

Humphrey Ridley

b.1653 d.April 1708
MD Leyden(1679) MD Cantab(1688) FRCP(1692)

Humphrey Ridley, MD, was the son of Thomas Ridley, of Mansfield, co Nottingham; and in 1671, being then eighteen years of age, was admitted a student of Merton college, Oxford. “He left the university,” says Wood, “without taking a degree, and went to Cambridge, where (as I have heard) he was doctorated in physic.” He really graduated doctor of medicine at Leyden. He was admitted on the physic line there, 4th September, 1679, and immediately afterwards was admitted to his degree (DMI de Lue Venereâ), and was incorporated at Cambridge in 1688. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1691; and a Fellow, 30th September, 1692. He was Gulstonian lecturer in 1694, and performed the duties of his office “to the honour of the College, to the establishment of his own reputation, and the general satisfaction of the learned auditory.” He died in April, 1708, and was buried at St Andrew’s, Holborn, on the 9th of that month.

Dr Ridley was the author of-
The Anatomy of the Brain, containing its Mechanism and Physiology; together with some new Discoveries and Corrections of Ancient and Modern Authors upon that subject. 8vo. Lond. 1695.
Observationes Medico-Practicæ et Physiologicæ de Asthmate et Hydrophobiâ. 8vo. Lond.1703.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 490)

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