Edward Hallaran Bennett

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Edward Hallaran Bennett
Edward Hallaran Bennett in 1881
Born(1837-04-09)9 April 1837
Cork, Ireland
Died21 June 1907(1907-06-21) (aged 70)
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
Known forBennett's fracture
Scientific career
FieldsOrthopedic surgery

Edward Hallaran Bennett (9 April 1837, Charlotte Quay, Cork – 21 June 1907, Dublin) was an Irish surgeon, now remembered for describing Bennett's fracture.


Bennett was born at Charlotte Quay, Cork, the fifth and youngest son of the leading barrister and judge Robert Bennett, Recorder of Cork, and his wife Jane Saunders Hallaran. Both his grandfathers, James Bennett and William Saunders Hallaran, were well-known doctors: Hallaran wrote extensively on insanity. Another of Edward's close relatives was James Richard Bennett (died 1830), a distinguished lecturer in anatomy in Paris.

Bennett attended Hamblin and Porter's School in Cork, and the Academic Institute in Hardcourt Street.[1] He studied at Trinity College Dublin, gaining a BA, and MB before graduating with a M.Ch. in 1859 and M.D. in 1864. He was professor of anatomy and surgery at the Trinity College from 1873 to 1906. He studied fractures, dislocations and bone diseases, recording them at the Pathology Museum at the Trinity College. He described his eponymous fracture at the British Medical Association meeting in Cork in 1880.[2] He is said to have introduced antiseptic technique to Dublin, and became president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.[3]

He married in 1870 Frances Conolly Norman, daughter of Conolly Norman of County Donegal, and cousin of the leading alienist Conolly Norman, and had two daughters, one of whom predeceased him.


  1. ^ O’Rahilly, Ronan (1948). "Edward hallaran bennett (1837–1907)". Irish Journal of Medical Science. 23 (3): 127–131. doi:10.1007/BF02957609. S2CID 59100208.
  2. ^ Firkin, Barry G. and Whitworth, Judith A. (1996) Dictionary of Medical Eponyms. Parthenon Publishing Group Limited. ISBN 1-85070-477-5. p. 30
  3. ^ Edward Hallaran Bennett at Who Named It?