King's College London
Archive Catalogues
Home|College Archives|The Collection|PLIMMER, Henry George (1856-1918) 

Download this summary catalogue (PDF) ›PLIMMER, Henry George (1856-1918)

Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP46
PLIMMER, Henry George (1856-1918)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Plimmer, Henry George, 1856-1918, bacteriologist

Administrative / Biographical history

Henry George Plimmer was born in 1856, in Melksham, Whitshire, the son of Dr George Plimmer. Educated at Devizes, and Shaw House School. Following the death of his father, and stepfather, Plimmer was employed as a clerk at the Coalbrookdale Company in Ironbridge, Shropshire. He abandoned a business career however, and found employment in 1878, as an unqualified assistant to Dr J H Galton, who had once been his father's assistant, at Norwood, London. He was a student at Guy's Hospital 1878-1883. He qualified LSA in 1882 and MRCS in 1883. In 1885, he became a partner of Drs Turner and Galton, but, retired from practice in 1892 to devote himself to bacteriology and research. From 1892 to 1894, Plimmer worked with Armand Ruffer at the College of Surgeons. Plimmer was appointed Pathologist to the Cancer Hospital in 1894, until 1898 when he became Bacteriologist to St Mary's Hospital, as well as Pathologist and Lecturer on Pathology. He resigned from St Mary's in 1902, to take up the direction of the Cancer Laboratories at the Lister Institute. He extended the sphere of his pathological work in 1907, taking up the studies of Pathologist to the Zoological Gardens until 1917. Published many papers relating to Cancer and trypanosomiasis in particular. He was the Chair of Comparative Pathology at Imperial College of Science and Technology from 1917-1918.Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1910; President of the Royal Microscopical Society, 1911-1912, served on many scientific committees, including the War Office Tetanus Committee, 1916, and later the Trench Fever Committee. He was also a member of the Sydenham District Medical Society, from 1887; Medical Research Club, 1894-1911; Physiological Society, 1894-1913; Linnean Society, Royal medical and Chirugical and Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Institution; and Association of Economic Biologists. He married in 1887, Bertha Helena Aders, widow of Alfred Aders. He died on 22 Jun 1918. Publications: Numerous articles in the Lancet, British Medical Journal, Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology, British Gynaecological Journal.

Archival history

Acquired by St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Henry George Plimmer comprising letter from Ronald Ross to Captain Robert Henry Plimmer, stepson of H G Plimmer, 1910, relating to publication of a report, and the death of HG Plimmer; manuscript notes describing Plimmer's keen interest in music; notebook contains instructions for H G Plimmer's funeral; copies of letters and commonplace collection 1918; printed obituaries from the Proceedings of the Royal Society , 1919, and Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society .

System of arrangement

1 file

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Obituaries in Proceedings of the Royal Society, 1919, and Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Compiled by Alison Field, January 2004

W3C Semantic Web LogoPlease note:
This catalogue may contain links to external data sources as part of the W3C Semantic Web initiative.

Personal names

  • Plimmer, Henry George, 1856-1918, Bacteriologist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London

Contact us about this Catalogue ›
ARCHIOS™ | Total time:0.0279 s | Source:cache | Platform: NX