Thomas Browne

portrait of Thomas Browne
From an oil by Joan Carlile, ca. 1645, National Portrait Gallery, London

Born: 19 October 1605, London, England, UK
Died: 19 October 1682, Norwich, East Anglia, England, UK

Browne's father, a silk merchant, died early in Browne's life and he was sent to Winchester College, the oldest public school in England. He went on to Pembroke College, Oxford, graduating in 1626, then studied medicine at the universities of Montpellier and Padua, ending at Leiden University where he received his MD in 1633. He established his home and medical practice at Norwich in 1937, marrying in 1641. He wrote a volume of his observations titled Religio Medici (The Religion of a Physician) and circulated it privately to his friends, but an unauthorized edition appeared in 1642, and it appeared on the Papal list of works that Roman Catholics were forbidden to read. In 1571 Charles II came to Norwich on procession. Tradition required that the king knight some notable local and intended to so honor the mayor, who declined and proposed Browne in his place. Workmen accidentally reopened his coffin in 1840 and his remains, or at least his skull, were not interred again until 1922, at which point the register of the church of St Peter Mancroft recorded his age as 316 years.

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