Lives of the fellows

Stephen Skinner

b.c.1622 d.5 September 1667
AM Oxon(1646) MD Heidelberg MD Oxon(1654) Hon FRCP(1664)

Stephen Skinner, MD, was born in Middlesex; and in 1638, being then about sixteen years of age, was entered a commoner of Christ church, Oxford. Ere he could take a degree, the rebellion commenced; when he left Oxford, and, proceeding to the continent, applied himself diligently to the study of arts and philosophy. About 1646 he returned to England; and, the garrison of Oxford having that year surrendered to the Parliamentary forces, he once more proceeded to the university, and accumulated his degrees in arts, that of master being completed 10th November, 1646. He then returned to the continent, visited France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, &c, and studied for a time at Leyden, where he was entered on the physic line 4th November, 1653. Upon the renovation of the university of Heidelberg by Charles Lewis, elector palatine, he was there created doctor of medicine.

He was incorporated at Oxford on his doctor’s degree in 1654, and was admitted an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians in December, 1664. Shortly after his incorporation at Oxford, he settled at Lincoln, where he practised for several years with great success. “He was,” says Wood, “a person well versed in most parts of learning, understood all books, whether old or new, was most skilful in the Oriental tongues, an excellent Grecian, in short, a living library. He died at Lincoln of a malignant fever, 5th September, 1667, and was buried in the cathedral church of that city.” Dr Skinner’s published works were all etymological. A list of them is given by Wood.(1)

William Munk

[(1) Athenæ Oxon. vol.ii, p.287.]

(Volume I, page 335)

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