Biography of William Harvey


Harvey, William. Born in 1578. English physiologist. Discovered the circulation of the blood. He studied at Cambridge and at Padua, and on his return to England, became physician at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and delivered the Lumleian lectures. His great discovery was described in "Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis," published in 1628. Harvey was afterwards physician to Charles I, and warden of Merton College, Oxford. William Harvey died in 1657.