Henry Cullen

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Henry Cullen FRSE FRCPE (c.1758—1790) was a Scottish physician. He was Chair and Professor of Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. From 1776 until his death in 1790 he was a physician-in-ordinary to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.


Born in Edinburgh, the son of eminent physician and chemist William Cullen (1710-1790) and Anne Johnstone (d.1786). His older brother was the Robert Cullen, later Lord Cullen. The family lived in Mint Close on The Canongate, home of the old Scottish Mint.[1]

He was educated at the High School in Edinburgh and then studied Medicine at University of Edinburgh graduating MD in 1780.

A member of the Philosophical Society of Edinburgh when it received its royal charter, he also was a founding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1783, as was his brother Robert Cullen.[2]

He died in Edinburgh on 11 October 1790.[3]


  1. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory:1775-6
  2. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index (PDF). I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)