Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, 1859 - 1930

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Born: 22 May 1859, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 7 July 1930, Crowborough, East Sussex, England

Conan Doyle was boarded at a Jesuit prep school, then attended Stonyhurst College before studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh from 1876 to 1881. He served as ship's medical officer on two voyages before opening a practice with a classmate which lasted only a short time before he opened his own practice at Portsmouth. He had sold at least one story while studying medicine, a lack of patients gave him time for more, and he avidly played football, cricket, and golf. In 1890 he studied the eye at Vienna, returning to open a London ophthalmology practice which attracted no patients at all according to his autobiography. Wanting to spend more time on his historical novels he killed Sherlock Holmes in 1893, but the public insisted on a return of many years. Conan Doyle undertook two investigations himself, both in closed cases where he was convinced, and eventually proved, that the parties charged were innocent. He covered the Boer War as a journalist and wrote a pamphlet justifying the English position which helped settle wide outrage at the British activities in the war; he believed that this was the reason for his knighthood in 1902. Although his father's surname was Doyle, at some point he began using the compound "Conan Doyle". In addition to the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, he wrote five science fiction novels featuring Professor Challenger, seven historical novels, and a long list of articles, plays, romances, and plays.

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