Clopton Havers

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Clopton Havers
Clopton Havers Dissertation 01.jpg
Born 24 February 1657
 England, Essex
Died April 1702
 England, Willingale
Nationality English

Clopton Havers (24 February 1657 (Stambourne, Essex) - April 1702) was an English physician who did pioneering research on the microstructure of bone. He is believed to have been the first person to observe and almost certainly the first to describe what are now called Haversian canals and Sharpey's fibres.


He was born in Stambourne, Essex, the son of Henry Havers, Rector of Stambourne. He was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (admitted 1668) and studied medicine under Richard Morton. He also studied in Utrecht, Netherlands and was awarded MD in 1685. He practiced medicine in London. He was particularly interested in osteology, the study of bones. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in November 1686.[1]

In February 1700 Havers reported on a Chinese practice of smallpox inoculation to the Royal Society.[2] This involved inhaling dried matter from a smallpox pustule.

He died in Willingale, Essex in 1702 and was buried at Willingale Doe, Essex. He had married Dorcas Fuller, daughter of Thomas Fuller, the Rector of Willingale. At least two of their children died young.[3]

Book published[edit]

  • Fig. 1-2: Illustration of critique of Osteologia nova published in Acta Eruditorum, 1691
    Havers, Clopton 1691 Osteologia nova, or some new Observations of the Bones, and the Parts belonging to them, with the manner of their Accretion and Nutrition.


  1. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Silverstein, Arthur. A history of immunology. Academic press inc. p. 26. 
  3. ^ "Pioneers of Osteogeny- Clopton Havers". Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  • Dobson, Jessie 1952 "Pioneers of Osteogeny: Clopton Havers," The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 34 B (4):702-707.

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