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Henry Jones Shrapnell

Born  1792
Died  1834

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British anatomist, 1792-1834.

Biography of Henry Jones Shrapnell

We thank David Shrapnell for correcting an error in the original entry about David Jones Shrapnell:

The dates 1761 to 1842 erroneously attributed to H.J.S. are in fact the life span of General Henry Shrapnel (with one L) who was the inventor of the notorious Shrapnel Case shot shell used with great effect at the Battle of Waterloo and subsequently. See Dictionary of National Biography. This item would no doubt be classed as an eponym.

Henry Jones Shrapnell was at one time a working colleague of Edward Jenner (1749-1823), creator of the smallpox vaccine.

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