Lives of the fellows

Samuel Elliott Hoskins

b.February 1799 d.12 October 1888
MD Erlangen MRCS LSA FRS FRCP(1859)

S. E. Hoskins was born at Guernsey, the son of Samuel Hoskins, a business man, of Honiton, London and Guernsey, and his wife Elizabeth Oliver. He was educated at Topsham and Exeter and then read law for a year before deciding to follow a medical career. He qualified in 1821, having studied at the combined Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’s and made the acquaintance of Astley Cooper, Coleridge, Charles Lamb and De Quincey. He settled in practice in Guernsey, visiting Paris in 1827 for a period of further study. He produced a chart of stethoscopic signs in 1830 and spent many years in an investigation into the nature and solubility of calculi, translating Scharling’s work on this subject in 1842. For this, he received the Fellowship of the Royal Society. He also wrote on the climatology of Guernsey and, in later years, historical monographs. He married in 1830 Harriet Rowley, daughter of Thomas Le Merchant MacCulloch, and had one son. He died at Guernsey.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1888; B.M.J., 1888; D.N.B., xxvii, 399]

(Volume IV, page 109)

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