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Jeremy Bentham

  • Birth 15 Feb 1748 Spitalfields, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
  • Death 6 Jun 1832 Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
  • Burial Bloomsbury, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
  • Plot end of the South Cloisters Main Building
  • Memorial ID 3365

Philosopher. He was one of the originators of Utilitarianism. He Wrote "Fragment On Government" in 1776. He willed his body to be preserved and displayed. It was dissected in a medical amphitheater at the Web Street School of anatomy in London, 3 days after his death, which was illegal at the time. Only executed murderers could be dissected at the time. His organs were removed, and the original head replaced with a wax one. After being stolen by students as a joke, the real head is now kept in a safe in the College. The body, dressed in Bentham's own clothes, still remains stuffed with hay, straw, wool, cotten, and lavender to keep moths away. Since he was a founder of University College, Mr. Bentham is ensconced inside a glass fronted mahogany case (on casters) , set unceremoniously in a busy hallway. He is regularly visited by scholars from all over the world, once went to a beer festival in Germany, and only has dinner once a year, at the annual Bentham Dinner. He was trundled to the annual Board of Directors meeting for years.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 9 Aug 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3365
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeremy Bentham (15 Feb 1748–6 Jun 1832), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3365, citing University College London, Bloomsbury, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .