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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Erichsen, Sir John Eric


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0039

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Erichsen, Sir John Eric

Date(s): 1881

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): University College London


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Eric Erichsen was born in Copenhagen in 1818. He was educated at the Mansion House School, Hammersmith, and studied medicine at University College London, and in Paris. On his return to London he served as House Surgeon at University College Hospital. He was elected Secretary of the Physiological Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1844, and received the Fothergillian Gold Medal of the Royal Humane Society in 1845, for An Essay on Asphyxia. Erichsen was appointed Assistant Surgeon to University College Hospital in 1848 and became full Surgeon to the hospital at the age of 32. He was President of the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society from 1879-1881, and also in 1881, the President of the Surgical Section at the meeting in London of the International Medical Congress. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1876. In 1877 he was appointed the first Inspector under the Vivisection Act, and in the same year he was appointed Surgeon Extraordinary to the Queen. He became President of the Council of University College in 1887, an office he held until his death. He was created a baronet in 1895, and died in 1896.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Sir John Eric Erichsen, 1881, comprising a volume listing the names of subscribers to the University College London Testimonial Fund for Sir John Eric Erichsen in 1881. The fund was to obtain a permanent memorial to acknowledge his services to the School of Medicine of University College, and to students of surgery in all parts of the world. Including a printed list of names and a letter inviting subscriptions to the fund, folded into the front of the volume.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlines in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Access available by appointment with the Deputy Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Card catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of the item is unknown.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Letter from Erichsen to Lord Lister. See Lister Collection Drawer 4.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Edited from The Lives of the Fellows of The Royal College of Surgeons of England Volume 1: A-MCD, p378

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2008

Budget contributions | Financing | Finance
Fundraising | Financing | Finance
Memorials | Decorative features | Building components
Physicians | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Subscriptions | Fees | Finance
Surgeons | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Surgery | Medical sciences
Testimonials | Documents | Information sources
Fundraising x Budget contributions
Surgeons x Physicians

Personal names
Erichsen | Sir | John Eric | 1818-1896 | 1st Baronet | surgeon

Corporate names
University College London
University College London | Medical School