Jeffries Wyman, M.D


    IN the death, on the 4th ult, at Bethlehem, N.H., of Prof. Jeffries Wyman, American biological science has lost one of its most able comparative anatomists. Prof. Wyman was born on Aug. 11, 1814, at Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and had therefore just completed his sixtieth year. His father was a well-known physician, He graduated in Arts at Harvard University in 1833, whereupon he commenced his medical education, and took his degree in 1837, after which he for two years continued his studies in Paris. Returning to Boston he became for some time curator of the Lowell Institute, where he commenced his career as a teacher by delivering two courses of lectures on comparative anatomy and physiology, in which he first gave indications of the lucid and well-ordered expository powers which throughout his life made him so great a favourite with all hard-working students. In 1844 he became Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in the Medical School of Richmond, Virginia, in connection with the Hamden- Sidney College. In 1847 he succeeded Dr. Warren as Professor of Anatomy in Harvard University; at which time, from the materials brought from Africa by Dr. Savage, he had the earliest opportunity of describing that naturalist's new genus of anthropoid apes, the Gorilla (Troglodytes gorilla, Savage). This professorship he held till 1866, and it is to him that Cambridge, Mass., almost entirely owes the development of its excellent Museum of Comparative Anatomy.

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    Jeffries Wyman, M.D . Nature 10, 487 (1874) doi:10.1038/010487a0

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