Thomas Linacre

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Thomas Linacre
BirthplaceBrampton, Chesterfield, in Derbyshire
humanist scholar, physician

Linacre or Lynaker, Thomas

(both: lĭ`nəkər), 1460?–1524, English humanist and physician. He took the degree of doctor of medicine at the Univ. of Padua, returned to England c.1492, and became tutor to Prince Arthur and later physician to Henry VIII. He was interested in the humanistic revival, wrote a Latin grammar (c.1523) for Princess Mary (then a child), and included among his pupils Desiderius Erasmus and Sir Thomas More. Linacre translated many of Aristotle's and Galen's works into Latin and founded readerships in medicine at Oxford and Cambridge. He was the founder and first president of the Royal College of Physicians.


See biography by Sir William Osler (1908).

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