Chamberlen, Peter (1601–1683)

King, Helen (2004). Chamberlen, Peter (1601–1683). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.



Chamberlen, Peter (1601–1683), physician, was the eldest of eight children born to Peter Chamberlen the younger (1572–1626) [see under Chamberlen family (per. c.1600–c.1730)] and Sara Delaune, the daughter of William Delaune (c.1530–1611), and the sister of Gideon Delaune (1564/5–1659). Chamberlen was born in the parish of St Anne, Blackfriars, London, on 8 May 1601, and baptized at the French church in Threadneedle Street on 12 May. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School in London and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He took his MD at Padua on 16 September 1619, and was afterwards incorporated at Oxford (1620) and at Cambridge (1621). He was admitted as a member of the College of Physicians in 1626, on his second attempt, and made a fellow in 1628. He gave the annual lecture to the barber–surgeons in 1642, and was made physician-in-ordinary to Charles I and, in 1661, to Charles II. He was married twice, to Jane Myddelton and Ann Harrison, and in his lifetime had fourteen sons, including Hugh Chamberlen the elder, four daughters, sixty-five grandchildren, including Hovenden Walker, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

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