Lives of the fellows

Edmund Symes Thompson

b.16 November 1837 d.24 November 1906
MB Lond(1859) MD FRCP(1868)

Edmund Symes Thompson was born in London, the son of Theophilus Thompson, F.R.S, F.R.C.P, and his wife Anna Maria, daughter of Nathaniel Walker of Stroud. He was educated at St. Paul’s School and King’s College, London, winning many prizes and graduating as M.B. in 1859. After acting as house physician, he was appointed assistant physician to King’s College Hospital, but resigned this post three years later to devote himself entirely to diseases of the chest, as assistant physician and, from 1869 to 1889, full physician to the Brompton Hospital. He was also physician to the Royal Hospital for Consumption, Ventnor, and, after 1867, professor of physic at Gresham College. He was a founder and, in 1903, president of the British Balneological and Climatological Society, and was influential in popularising Davos and St. Moritz as health resorts. Other fields with which Thompson concerned himself were life insurance, the training of the deaf and dumb, and the Guild of St. Luke. He married in 1872 Elizabeth, daughter of Henry George Watkins, vicar of Potter’s Bar and had four sons and two daughters. He died at Cavendish Square, London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1906; B.M.J., 1906; Lyle, 135; D.N.B., 2nd Suppl., iii, 466]

(Volume IV, page 165)

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