Lives of the fellows

John Gaspar Scheuchzer

b.1702 d.April 1729
BA Zurich(1722) LRCP(1724/5) FRS(1724) MD Cantab(1728)

John Gaspar Scheuchzer, M.D., was a native of Switzerland, the son of John James Scheuchzer, M.D., professor of mathematics at Zurich, and was born in 1702. He graduated in philosophy at Zurich in 1722, and printed his inaugural essay on that occasion, "de Diluvio," 4to. He was created doctor of medicine at Cambridge during the visit of king George I. in 1728. Dr. Scheuchzer was a good antiquary, and an accomplished medallist and natural historian. He was the protégé and librarian of sir Hans Sloane, and on the 14th May, 1724, was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society, and was for some time foreign secretary of that learned body. He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd March, 1724-5; and dying at the house of sir Hans Sloane, in Chelsea, in April, 1729, was buried in the churchyard there. He was the author of
An Account of the Success of Inoculating the Small Pox, for the years 1727-1728. 8vo. Lond. 1729.

Dr. Scheuchzer translated Kaempfer’s History of Japan into English; and he has a good paper in the Philosophical Transactions on "The Method of Measuring the Heights of Mountains." His portrait, by J. H. Heidegger, was engraved by T. Lant.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 91)

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