Lives of the fellows

Charlton Wollaston

b.23 May 1733 d.26 July 1764
MB Cantab(1753) MD(1758) FRCP(1760) FRS

Charlton Wollaston, M.D., was the son of Francis Wollaston, esq., F.R.S., of Charterhouse-square, by his wife Mary, daughter of Dr. Fauquire. He was born 23rd May, 1733, and educated at Sidney Sussex college, Cambridge, as a member of which he proceeded bachelor of medicine in 1753. On the 3rd March, 1757, he was elected physician to the Middlesex hospital, but retained that office for a few months only, resigning it in January, 1758, and removing to Bury St. Edmunds, where he remained for about four years. He took his degree of M.D. at Cambridge in 1758; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1759; and a Fellow, 9th July, 1760. Dr. Wollaston returned to London in 1762; and on the 26th August in that year was elected physician to Guy’s hospital. He was Censor in 1762, and delivered the Harveian oration in 1763. He was a fellow of the Royal Society, and physician to the queen’s household, but was prematurely arrested in his course towards fame and fortune by an attack of fever, which terminated fatally on the 26th July, 1764.(1)

William Munk

[(1) "Ille, scientiam et eruditionem quibus polluit, insigni ornavit verecundiâ, et mansuetudine singulari cunctos sibi devinxit animos. Quanti fuit, quanti fuisset, si diutius vitæ ejus pepercisset fatum, epistola Bakero nostro data manifesto ostendit."—Oratio Harveiana, Anno MDCCLXV habita, auctore Tho. Healde]

(Volume II, page 229)

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