Edward Browne 1642-1708

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Edward BROWNE 1642-1708

Biographical Note

Born in Norwich; son of the physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682). Graduated MB from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1663; MD 1670. He moved to London in 1664, continuing his medical education under the tutelage of Christopher Terne (1620/21-1673), physician at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He was made fellow of the Royal Society in 1668, president of the Royal College of Physicians in 1675 and became physician to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1682. He travelled widely on the continent and found considerable fame as the author of travel narratives.


An auction catalogue of Edward and his father, Sir Thomas Browne's, joint library, 8.1.1711 lists 2377 lots. Edward Bernard's Catalogi manuscriptorum, 1697, lists Edward Browne as owning 28 manuscripts.


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