Parry, Caleb Hillier, 1755-1822

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Caleb Hillier Parry was born on 21 October 1755 at Cirencester. He was the eldest son of Joshua Parry a non-conformist minister. Caleb was educated at Cirencester Grammar School (where he met and became lifelong friends with Edward Jenner), and at the Dissenter's Academy in Warrington. He went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1778, the year in which he married Sarah Rigby. In 1779, they settled in Bath where their son, William Edward Parry, the Arctic explorer, was born in 1790, the eighth of nine children.

Establishing a successful medical practice, Caleb Parry was appointed physician to the Bath General Hospital in 1782, later publishing important medical and scientific research, including a study of the causes of angina (1799) and the nature of the pulse (1816). Besides his interest in medicine, Parry managed a large farm, where he conducted experimental sheep breeding in an effort to improve the quality of wool. An enthusiastic collector of fossils and minerals, he became one of the original members of the Geological Society when it was founded in 1807 and was a fellow of the Royal Society.

In 1816, he suffered a debilitating stroke and he died on 9 March 1822 at Bath.

From the guide to the Caleb Hillier Parry Collection, 1800-1822, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

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referencedIn Sarah Parry collection, 1803-1818 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Caleb Hillier Parry Collection, 1800-1822 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Hester Lynch Piozzi correspondence, 1769-1820. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Sir William Edward Parry collection, 1800-1855 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Edmund Burke letters, 1762-1797. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Jenner, Edward, 1749-1823. Letter : to Charles Henry Parry, Bath, [18--]. Yale University, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
referencedIn Papers, 1781-1807. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Caleb Hillier Parry Collection, 1800-1822 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Charles Henry Parry collection, 1857 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Jenner, Edward, 1749-1823. Letter : to Charles Henry Parry, Bath, [18--]. Yale University, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
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correspondedWith Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797 person
associatedWith Jenner, Edward, 1749-1823. person
associatedWith Parry Caleb Hillier 1755-1822 person
associatedWith Parry Charles Henry 1779-1860 person
associatedWith Parry Edward 1830-1890 person
associatedWith Parry Gertrude 1788-1848 person
associatedWith Parry Sarah 1749-1831 person
associatedWith Parry Sarah Matilda 1782-1852 person
associatedWith Parry William Edward 1790-1855 person
associatedWith Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821 person
associatedWith Sarah Parry (nee Rigby) person
correspondedWith Seward, Anna, 1742-1809 person
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Medicine--Practice
Angina pectoris
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Birth 1755

Death 1822

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