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John Bostock


Physician and medicinal chemist. Attended Joseph Priestley’s chemical lectures at Hackney College, Middlesex, in 1792. Studied as an apothecary in Liverpool until 1794. MD, University of Edinburgh, 1798. Physician to the General Dispensary, Liverpool, 1798–1817. Wrote medical and scientific articles for the Monthly Review and the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal. Moved to London in 1817 and gave up medicine. Chemical lecturer at Guy’s Hospital. Co-edited Annals of Physiology. Wrote the first recorded description of what became known as hay fever in 1819. FRS 1818, council member from 1829, vice-president from 1832.



Record of the Royal Society of London.


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.

Record of the Royal Society of London: The record of the Royal Society of London for the promotion of natural knowledge. 4th edition. London: Royal Society. 1940.