Lives of the fellows

George Williams

b.1763 d.17 January 1834
AB Oxon(1781) AM(1785) MB(1788) MD(1788) FRCP(1799)

George Williams, M.D., was the son of an able and excellent clergyman, and was born at Catherington, in Hampshire. He was educated at Winchester, and when first admitted on the foundation, excited no small surprise by his recitations of the Iliad, a subject on which he had been well exercised by his father. He was elected to a Hampshire scholarship at Corpus Christi college, Oxford, of which he subsequently became a fellow, and eventually vice-president. He proceeded A.B. 21st June, 1781; A.M. 14th January, 1785; M.B. 10th December, 1788; M.D. 17th December, 1788; was elected physician to the Radcliffe infirmary, 22nd January, 1789; and appointed Regius professor of botany in 1796. Dr. Williams was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 1st October, 1798; and a Fellow 30th September, 1799. He was appointed keeper of the Radcliffe library in 1811, being the first graduate in physic ever elected to that office. Dr. Williams died at his residence in the High-street, Oxford, universally esteemed and lamented, on the 17th January, 1834, aged seventy-one. To mark their sense of his many virtues, the president and fellows of Corpus Christi college erected in their chapel a monument to his memory, with the following affectionate inscription:—
Scias qui hæc tecum contempleris
mortalitatis documenta,
marmor quod spectas honorarium
Georgio Williams, M.D.
Socio, Vicepresidenti, Benefactori,
in Academiâ Rei Botanicæ Professori,
Bibliothecæ Custodi Radclivianæ,
Præsidentem et Socios C.C.C.
ponendum censuisse,
ne intra hos parietes titulo careat
Sodalis memoria conjunctissimi,
ne testimonio
grati Collegii pietas, mœrentis desideria.
Inerant, Lector, in hoc viro,
Medico verè Christiano,
summa erga Deum religio,
stabilis in meritis Servatoris nostri fides,
illibata morum sanctitas, modestia planè singularis,
ingenium judicii quâdam severitate subactum,
eruditio multiplex, litterae elegantiores,
ad Linacri normam,
penitiori medicinæ scientiæ
et philosophiæ disciplinis inservientes.
Interea elucebant
perspicax in expedendis rerum momentis prudentia,
animus in quotidiana vita) consuetudine
erga omnes comis et benevolus,
suorum semper amantissimus.
In Coll. C. C. ascitus est Hantoniensis, A.D. MDCCLXXJ.
Morbo confectus obdormivit die xvij. Jan. A.D. MDCCCXXXIV.
Annum agens septuagesimum primum. In Cæmeterio
Sancti Petri in Oriente ejusdem vici incola sepultus,
hic juxta cineres Avunculi cenotaphio donatus est.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 467)

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