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Nature volume 88, pages 521526 (15 February 1912) | Download Citation



WE notice with the deepest regret the announcement of the death of Lord Lister, on February 10, in his eighty-fifth year. An account of his work appeared in our series of “Scientific Worthies” on May 7, 1896, and we hope to supplement this next week with a further appreciative statement of his services to science and humanity. The King has sent a message of sympathy to Lord Lister's family. Queen Alexandra and other members of the Royal Family have sent telegrams also, Queen Alexandra's message being in the following terms:—“Pray accept my most sincere sympathy in the great loss which the whole nation shares at the death of Lord Lister, whose name will ever be honoured and gratefully remembered as that of the greatest benefactor to suffering humanity throughout the world.” Sir Ray Lankester has received the following telegram from the directors of the Institut Pasteur, Paris:—“L'Institut Pasteur vous# prie d'exprimer à la famille de l'illustre Lister et à la Société Royale les regrets que lui cause la mort du rénovateur de la chirurgie.— Roux, Metchnikoff.” We learn from The Times that the Dean of Westminster offered that the remains of Lord Lister should be interred in the Abbey, subject to the condition of cremation. The Royal Society and the Royal College of Surgeons also made representations to the Dean in the hope that this offer would be made. It appears, however, that Lord Lister expressed the desire that he should be buried in the Hampstead Churchyard, where his wife lies. The first part of the funeral service will be held in Westminster Abbey on Friday, beginning at 1.30 p.m. The Dean, accompanied by the Abbey clergy, will conduct the service. This evening ihe coffin will be taken from Lord Lister's London residence in Park Crescent into the Abbey, and placed in St. Faith's Chapel. There it will remain until to-morrow morning, when it will be removed to a spot facing the altar. Only members of the family will be present at the interment in Hampstead Churchyard.

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