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Richardson, Benjamin Ward

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1828-1896) UK physician and author, eminent in the former capacity, for which he was knighted in 1893. He published and edited many medical studies, and pioneered the development of safe anaesthetics; an offshoot of these activities was the nonfictional Hygeia: A City of Health (1876), which describes a Utopia whose hygiene is spotless. As an author of fiction, he is some sf interest for The Son of a Star: A Romance of the Second Century (1888 3vols), set in second-century Roman Britain, in which an advanced form of Transportation – a submarine – is used to convey some characters in the novel to a Utopian Island west of Britain, where peace dwells. [JC]

Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson

born Somerby, Leicestershire: 31 October 1828

died London 21 November 1896



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