Bowditch, H(enry) P(ickering) (1840-1911)

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Bowditch, H(enry) P(ickering) (1840-1911)

Physiologist who studied in Europe under Claude Bernard and Jean Charcot. He had an outstanding career as a professor of physiology at Harvard University Medical School and served from 1883 to 1893 as the school's dean. He also became a founding member of the Society for Psychical Research, London, and a friend of William James and Richard Hodgson.

Bowditch was born April 9, 1840, in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Harvard University (B.A., 1861; M.A., 1866; M.D., 1868). His education was interrupted by the Civil War, during which he rose to the rank of major with the Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry (1861-65). He contributed many papers to medical and scholarly journals and published Hints for Teachers of Physiology (1899; 1904).He died on March 13, 1911.


Gillispie, Charles Goulston, ed. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 16 vols. New York: Scribner, 1970-80.

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