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John Simon


Surgeon and public-health officer. Apprentice at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, 1833–9; demonstrator in anatomy at King’s College, London, 1839–47; senior assistant surgeon, King’s College Hospital, 1840–53; lecturer in anatomical pathology at St Thomas’s Hospital, 1847–71; full surgeon at St Thomas’s, 1863–76. President of the Pathological Society, 1867. Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1868–80; president, 1878. First medical officer of health to the Sewers Commission of the City of London from 1848; chief medical officer of the Board of Health and its successors, 1855–76. Important sanitary reformer and publiciser of public-health problems. Knighted, 1887.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.