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Harvey, William

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Born: 1578 AD
Died: 1657 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Doctors, Physicians

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1578 - William Harvey, born on the 1st of April in England, he eldest of seven sons of a farmer. The father of modern physiology, was the first researcher to discovery the circulation of blood through the body.

1597 - He studied arts and medicine at Cambridge University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree.

1602 - He then earned his medical degree from the famous medical school at Padua, Italy. Returning to London, Harvey began what became a very successful medical practice while also working in medical research.

1609 - He was appointed to the staff of St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

1607 - He was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

1616 - His ideas about circulation of the blood were first publicly expressed in lectures he gave.

1618 - 1625 - He became court physician to King James I and then to Charles I, a post he held until Charles was beheaded.

1642 - 1660 - Charles provided him with deer from the royal parks for his medical research, and Harvey remained loyal to Charles even during the Cromwellian Civil War, in which the Parliamentarians who fought against the King ransacked his rooms and destroyed many of his medical notes and papers.

1657 - He retired at the end of the Civil War a widower. He lived with his various brothers and died of a stroke on the 3rd of June.

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