World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Richard Forster

Article Id: WHEBN0023497896
Reproduction Date:

Title: Richard Forster  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Lumleian Lectures
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Richard Forster

Richard Forster (1546?-1616) was an English physician.

Life

He was son of Laurence Forster, and was born at Coventry about 1546, and was educated at All Souls' College, Oxford. He graduated at Oxford, M.B. and M.D., both in 1573.

He became a fellow of the College of Physicians of London about 1575, but his admission is not mentioned in the Annals. In 1583 he was elected one of the censors, in 1600 treasurer, and Lumleian lecturer in 1602. He was president of the college from 1601 to 1604, and was again elected in 1615 and held office till his death on 27 March 1616. He had considerable medical practice, and was also esteemed as a mathematician, as reported by William Camden, when recording his death, William Clowes, the surgeon, praises him, and in 1591 writes of Forster as 'a worthie reader of the surgerie lector in the Phisition's college,' showing that he gave lectures before the Lumleian lectures were formally instituted in 1602.

He was a practicing astrologer, and it was through Forster that Christopher Heydon's manuscript An Astrological Discourse with Mathematical Demonstrations, defending astrology, passed to Nicholas Fiske.[1] Richard Harvey indicated him as a leader of the astrologer-physicians.[2]

In 1582 he was appointed Consul of the English nation in Ottoman Syria, in "the parts of Alepo, Damasco, Aman, Tripolis, Jerusalem, and all other ports whatsoever in the provinces of Syria, Palestina, and Jurie"[3]

Works

In 1567 he dedicated to Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel an astrological work.[4] Forster had been introduced to Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Sir Henry Sidney, and dedicated to the earl in 1575 his ephemerides.[5] Besides the prose dedication, in which astronomy is said to be the handmaid of medicine, twenty lines of Latin verse on Leicester's cognisance, the bear, precede the tables of which the book is made up.

Notes

  1. ^ Lauren Kassell, Medicine and Magic in Elizabethan London (2005), note p. 65, and p. 89.
  2. ^ Charles Webster, Health, Medicine, and Mortality in the Sixteenth Century (1979), p. 173.
  3. ^ Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation
  4. ^ Praediction solaris deliquii quod incidit in annum domini 1567, cuius tamen effectus durobit ad annum domini 1570.
  5. ^ Ephemerides Meteorologicae Richardi Fosteri artium ac medicinae doctoris ad annum 1575 et positum finitoris Londini emporii totius Angliae nobilissimi diligenter examinatae.

References

External links

  • pageBritish History Online
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.