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Robert Harrison

Born 1797
Died 1858-04-23

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Irish physician, born 1796, Cumberland, Ireland; died April 23, 1858.

Biography of Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison [B.A., M.D., M.R.C.S.I., M.R.I.A.] was born in Cumberland. He became an apprentice of Abraham Colles (1773-1843) in 1810. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin from 1814, and from 1817 was prosector at the school of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He was elected to membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1818.

 In 1827 he was appointed professor of anatomy and physiology at Trinity College. In 1837 he succeeded James Macartney (1770-1843) as professor of anatomy and chirurgery on the school of physics. That same year ha obtained his medical doctorate. He was also surgeon to Steven’s hospital and a consultant surgeon to Jervis Street charitable infirmary. In 1826 he was elected a life member of the Royal Dublin Society.

Harrison married Anne, daughter of Reverend Jonathan Cope, Rector of Ahascragh, County Galway. Her sister was married to Abraham Colles.

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