23 May 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of William Hunter’s birth. Dr William Hunter (1718-1783) was an anatomist, physician, teacher of medicine and man-midwife. Today we view him as major figure in the Enlightenment and in the development of museums and university teaching collections.
Born in East Kilbride, Glasgow, Hunter studied at the University from 1731 to 1736 when he became a medical apprentice to William Cullen. In 1741 he moved to London permanently and became a leading anatomist and medical teacher. He was Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 1769 until 1772 and was appointed Physician Extraordinary to Queen Charlotte from 1764-1783.
The Hunterian was named for William Hunter who bequeathed his vast collection of coins, books, manuscripts, art works and anatomical and natural history specimens for use in teaching and research at his alma mater, arriving here in 1807.
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