Statues and Memorials in London: Edward Jenner

Posted: April 12, 2015 in London, UK
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Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was a country doctor who pioneered vaccination. Despite widespread ridicule of his idea he continued with his treatment of his patients and was eventually able to show that he was able to protect against Smallpox. He was also an eminent geologist with an interest in fossils and discovered the first remains of a plesiosaur. He was made a member of the Royal society for his work on the nesting habits of Cuckoos and he was also fascinated by Balloon flight, launching one of the first hydrogen balloons in 1784.

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This statue which now stands in the Italian Garden in Kensington Gardens is by W. Calder Marshall. It was originally on one of the plinths in Trafalgar Square from 1858 until 1862, when it was replaced by a statue of Sir Henry Havelock and moved to its current location.

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