Harrington, Robert

Education

M.D. 27.3.1784 on testimonials signed by John Leake M.D. and John Wasdale M.D.

Birth/childhood

Born 1751 possibly in Co. Durham [County Durham] as he was from Stockton at graduation.

Career

Probably the medical student of the name at Edinburgh University 1773-1774.

Practised Carlisle. [Doctor]

Writer on scientific subjects, but controversial - believed in phlogiston and tried to disprove Lavoisier. [Phogiston was believed to be a fire-like element contained in combustible bodies and released during combustion].

Publications

Some new experiments, with observations upon heat, clearly showing the erroneous principles of the French theory... (London: T. Cadell, 1798)

Death

Died 1837.

Sources

  • P.J. Wallis and R.V. Wallis, Eighteenth Century Medics (Newcastle, 1988)
  • DNB