Thomas Spencer Cobbold

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T. Spencer Cobbold
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Born(1828-05-26)26 May 1828
Died20 March 1886(1886-03-20) (aged 57)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Awards Fellow of the Royal Society
Scientific career
Fields Zoology; anatomy
Institutions St Mary's Hospital, London; Middlesex Hospital; British Museum; Royal Veterinary College
Author abbrev. (zoology) Cobbold

Thomas Spencer Cobbold FRS (26 May 1828 10 March 1886) was an English biologist. [1] [2]



He was born at Ipswich, the third son of Rev. Richard Cobbold, author of the History of Margaret Catchpole . [3]

After graduating in medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1851, he was appointed lecturer on botany at St Mary's Hospital, London in 1857, and also on zoology and comparative anatomy at Middlesex Hospital in 1861. [3] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June, 1864. [2]

From 1868 he acted as Swiney Lecturer on geology at the British Museum until 1873, when he became professor of botany at the Royal Veterinary College, afterwards filling a chair of helminthology which was specially created for him at that institution. [3] He was president of the Quekett Microscopical Club from 1879-80. He died in London on 20 March 1886.

His special subject was helminthology, particularly the worms parasitic in man and animals, and as a physician he gained a considerable reputation in the diagnosis of cases depending on the presence of such organisms. [3]


His numerous writings include:


  1. Bettany, G. T.; Osborne, P. (2006). "Cobbold, Thomas Spencer (1828–1886), helminthologist" . In Osborne, Peter (ed.). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/5739. ISBN   978-0-19-861412-8 . Retrieved 26 January 2022.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. 1 2 "Record: Cobbold; Thomas Spencer (1828 - 1886)". Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Chisholm 1911.
  4. Bettany 1887.

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