Authorised form of nameEnt; Sir; George (1604 - 1689); physician
Dates1604 - 1689
Dates and placesBurial:
St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall, London, England, Europe
Research Field:
Educated in Wallachia [or Walcheren] and at Rotterdam under James Beckman; admitted to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (admitted 1624; BA 1627, MA 1631); Padua (MD 28 April 1636); incorporated at Oxford (9 November 1638)
Published 'Apologia pro circulatione sanguinis' (1641); Goulstonian lecturer (1642); Published 'De generatione' (1651), edited from Harvey manuscript; Censor at RCP (1645-1649; 1651; 1653-1657); Registrar (1655-1670); Elect (1657-1689); Consiliarus (1667-1669); Anatomical studies appear in Walter Charleton's 'Onomasticon zoicum' (1677); Published 'Antidiatrive, sive, Animadversiones in Malachiae Turstoni, M.D.' (1679)
Kt 1665
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (President 1670-1675, 1682, 1684)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
1662-63; 1666-69
Committee appointments include:
Anatomical Committee (1664)
RelationshipsParents: John or Josias Ent;
Married: Sarah Meverell (10th February 1646)
Children: George Ent (FRS 1677; d. 1679); Josias Ent; Edward Ent; Dame Sarah Barrett
General contextEnt's father is likely to have fled from Flanders as a religious refugee, possibly as a result of persecution of the Spanish and Catholics at the time. One of his close contemporary associates was William Harvey, whose work was influential for his disocovery of the circulation of blood. Ent's first publication 'Apologia' was written in defence of Harvey's theories. Ent is also known for his correspondence with Cassiano dal Pozzo, who sent Ent fossilized wood specimens, including a tabletop made of petrified wood. Ent showed them to the Royal Society, where they led to increased interest in the origin of fossils.
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Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Venn
A Cook, 'Rome and the Royal Society, 1660-1740' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 3-19
A Cook, 'A Roman correspondence: George Ent and Cassiano dal Pozzo, 1637-55' in NR 2005 vol 59 pp 5-23
Letters from Thomas Stanley of Clumberlow Green, Herts., mentioning Sir George Ent in NR December 1958. Vol. 5, no.12 pp.544-5
A Rupert Hall and Marie Boas Hall, 'The Intellectual Origins of the Royal Society - London and Oxford' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 157-168
The election date is Ent's re-election date into the Society after the grant of the second charter in April 1663. All Fellows admitted in a two-month window after this charter, until 22 June 1663, are considered Original Fellows. He was previously mentioned as a member on 8 May 1661.
Appears to have withdrawn from the Society in 1677, according to index to BR, although Hunter says that he resigned in 1675.
Venn gives father's name as John, DNB as Josias.
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Royal Society codeNA3352
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
DM/5/78B'Experiments recommended to Sir George Ent'c.1660s
DM/5/49Form of a latin 'Diploma Regium', drawn up by Dr Ent17th century
DM/5/52Fair copy of a latin 'Diploma Regium', drawn up by Dr Ent 17th century
RBO/3/78'The manner of Hatching Chicken at Cairo observed by Mr John Graves 1639' communicated to the Royal Society by George Ent1668
CLP/3i/27Papers, 'Several papers about dying [dyeing]' from The [Theodore] de Vaux1630-1666
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