Lives of the fellows

Edward John Waring

b.14 December 1819 d.22 January 1891
CIE(1881) MD St And FRCS FRCP(1871)

E. J. Waring was born at Tiverton, the sixth son of Captain Henry Waring, R.N. He was educated at Lyme Regis and Ilminster Grammar School and studied medicine at Bristol and Charing Cross Hospital. In 1841 he made a voyage to Jamaica as a ship’s surgeon and, in the following year, on qualifying, he returned to the island to practise. In 1843, however, he obtained an appointment under the Emigration Commissioners which took him to Australia, the Cape, Calcutta, Trinidad and the United States. In 1847, he married Caroline Anne, daughter of William Day, J.P, D.L, of Haddow, Sussex, and retired from practice to Uckfield. Two years later financial losses compelled him to resume his active career and he joined the Madras establishment of the East India Company. His first posting, during the Burmese War, was to Mergui in Tennasserim, where he prepared the first edition of his Practical Therapeutics (1854). He was transferred to Travancore as residency surgeon in 1853, becoming durbar physician to the Maharajah three years later. There he published Bazaar Medicines (1860), which proved popular in India, and founded a school for low-caste children.

Waring returned to England in 1863 on account of his health. He now obtained his three higher qualifications and began work, in 1865, as editor of the Indian Pharmacopoeia, aided by a distinguished committee. He was made a C.I.E. in 1881. In 1887 he presented his unique library of books on pharmacology to the Army Medical School at Netley. He engaged in active philanthropic work and was an early supporter of the London Medical Mission in St. Giles’s.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1891; B.M.J., 1891; Plarr, ii, 486; Roll of I.M.S., 339]

(Volume IV, page 197)

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