Christopher Merret

Christopher Merret

Birth
Death 19 Aug 1695 (aged 81)
Burial Holborn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 112347925 · View Source
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He was an English physician and scientist. He was the first to document the deliberate addition of sugar for the production of sparkling wine, and produced the first list of British birds. Merret was born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire on 16 February; Hunter gives the year of his birth as 1615, which may be 1614 Old Style. In 1632 he went up to Gloucester Hall, Oxford (which later became Worcester College); he received his BA from Oriel in 1635, and his BMed and DMed from Gloucester Hall in 1636 and 1643 respectively. He then practised medicine in London, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1651. Three years later he moved to the RCP's premises at Amen Corner near St Paul's Cathedral, as the first Harveian Librarian, a post he held until 1665. He was a founding Fellow of the Royal Society and chairman of the Royal Society's committee concerned with the history of trade and commerce, but was expelled in 1685. He collected new plants, maintained a herb garden and compiled one of the first lists of the flora, fauna and minerals of England, the Pinax Rerum Naturalium Britannicarum. The Pinax was published in 1666 and is an alphabetical catalogue with no explanatory commentary. However it represents the first list of British birds, and contains one of the first statements by an Englishman on the organic origin of fossils.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 112347925
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Christopher Merret (16 Feb 1614–19 Aug 1695), Find a Grave Memorial no. 112347925, citing St. Andrew's Churchyard, Holborn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .