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Thomas William Evans

  • Birth 23 Dec 1823 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 14 Nov 1897 Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 4290

Medical Pioneer. Born Thomas Wiltberger Evans, he was a dentist who performed dental procedures on many heads of state, including Napoleon III, and is noted for popularizing a number of techniques that have since become standard, including the use of amalgam fillings and of the anesthesia nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas." In 1868 he helped found the American Register, the first American newspaper published in Paris, France. In 1870 he assisted in the escape of Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III, from Paris after the Battle of Sedan in France, which led to Napoleon III's capture by the Prussian army and put an end the Second French Empire. In 1884 he published the first English translation of the memoirs of German poet, journalist, and literary critic Heinrich Heine, to which he also wrote the introduction. He died in Paris at the age of 73. In his will, he left money and land for the founding of what was to become the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4290
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas William Evans (23 Dec 1823–14 Nov 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4290, citing Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .