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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 T/TRAVERS M139
TRAVERS, Benjamin (1783-1858)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

TRAVERS, Benjamin (1783-1858)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, London, 1783; educated, grammar school of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire and privately; placed in his father's counting-house, 1799; articled to Astley Paston Cooper, 1800-1806; member of the College of Surgeons, 1806; studied at Edinburgh, 1806-1807; demonstrator of anatomy at Guy's Hospital, 1807; surgeon to the East India Company's warehouses and brigade, 1809-1816; surgeon to the London Infirmary for Diseases of the Eye (later Moorfields Ophthalmic Hospital), 1810-1816, developing its resources as a teaching institution; fellow of the Royal Society, 1813; surgeon, St Thomas's Hospital, 1815; resigned his joint lectureship on surgery with Astley Cooper, 1819; President of the Hunterian Society, 1827; President of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, 1827; Hunterian orator, 1838; member of the council, 1830, examiner in surgery, 1841-1858, Vice-President, 1845-1846, 1854-1855, President, 1847, 1856, Royal College of Surgeons of England; member, veterinary examining committee, 1833; lectured on surgery with Frederick Tyrell at St Thomas's Hospital, 1834; appointed one the Queen's surgeons extraordinary; surgeon in ordinary to the Prince Consort and serjeant-surgeon; first hospital surgeon in England to specialise in surgery of the eye; died, 1858.
Publications include: An inquiry into the process of nature in repairing injuries of the intestines: illustrating the treatment of penetrating wounds, and strangulated hernia (Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London, 1812); Surgical Essays with Sir Astley Paston Cooper Third edition (Cox & Son, London, 1818); A Synopsis of the Diseases of the Eye, and their treatment (London, 1820); An Inquiry concerning that disturbed state of the vital functions, usually denominated Constitutional Irritation (London, 1826); Observations on the pathology of venereal affections (London, 1830); A Further Inquiry concerning Constitutional Irritation, and the pathology of the nervous system (London, 1835); The Hunterian Oration, delivered ... on the 14th of February, 1838 (London, 1838); The Physiology of Inflammation, and the healing process (London, 1844).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to St Thomas's Hospital by N R Turnbull in 1948.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to Benjamin Travers, [1834], comprising notes, with sketches, on his lectures on diseases of the eye, [1834], possibly taken by Marc Anthony Bazille Corbin, a medical student.

System of arrangement

The records are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

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 Archives and Corporate Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984).

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Papers of Marc Anthony Bazille Corbin, comprising his essay on typhus fever, [1834] (reference: M 41), held by St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library. Papers of Benjamin Travers, held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England; lecture notes, c1825, held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine (reference: MS 4847).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of National Biography CD-ROM (Oxford University Press, 1995); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line catalogue; Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984). Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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

April 2002

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  • Diseases
  • Eye diseases
  • Higher science education
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Pathology
  • Physicians
  • Surgeons x Physicians

Personal names

  • Corbin, Marc Anthony Bazille (fl 1834-1852), Surgeon
  • Travers, Benjamin (1783-1858), Surgeon

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