John Hunter

Biography of John Hunter

John Hunter
John Hunter

John Hunter (1728-1793) was a surgeon and anatomist, and brother of William Hunter (1718-1783), the founder of the Hunterian Museum. The John Hunter Medals in Biological Science are named for him.

After William Hunter became a surgeon and anatomist in London, he employed his brother as his assistant. John served as an army surgeon in 1760 to 1763 and became a prominent surgeon in London after returning to civilian life, with his own anatomy school. He was appointed Surgeon to King George III in 1776, and Surgeon General in 1789.


John Hunter
Surgeon and Anatomist

Born 13 February 1728.
Died 16 October 1793.
University Link: Professor
Occupation categories: anatomists; surgeons
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P165880
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Record last updated: 30th Oct 2007

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