Browne, Sir Thomas. A physician and religious thinker. Born in London in 1605. Resided at Norwich for nearly half a century, and died there in 1682. He was knighted by Charles II. Professor Saintsbury says, "the greatest prose writer perhaps, when all things are taken together, in the whole range of English." His principal works are "Religio Medici," "Inquiries into Vulgar Errors," and "Hydriotaphia, or Urn-Burial: A Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns Found in Norfolk," all of the very first importance in English literature.