Cromwell Mortimer

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Cromwell Mortimer FRS (c.1693 – January 7, 1752) was a British physician, antiquary[1] and second secretary of the Royal Society from 1730–1752.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mortimer was the second son of John Mortimer of Topping Hall in Hatfield Peverel, Essex.[3] He was awarded his M.D. in 1724 at University of Leyden.[4]


Mortimer's medical practice developed in London after he was admitted to the College of Physicians in 1725.[4] He was elected to membership in the Royal Society in 1728; and those signing that nomination letter were: Francis Clifton; Claude Amyand; Hans Sloane.[5]


  1. ^ Oxford biography index entry, "Cromwell Mortimer," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Gibbs, F.W. "Cromwell Mortimer, F.R.S.: Secretary, Royal Society, 1730-1752," Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr., 1950), pp. 259-263; Past Physical Sciences Secretaries
  3. ^ Nichols, John et al. (1812). Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, pp. 423-425, p. 423, at Google Books.
  4. ^ a b Courtney, W.P. (1885). "Cromwell Mortimer," Dictionary of National Biography, pp. 118-119.
  5. ^ Royal Society Library and Archive catalogue, Mortimer


  • Nichols, John and Samuel Bentley. (1812). Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century. London: Nichols and Bentley. OCLC 447914677

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