Authorised form of nameCooper; Sir; Astley Paston (1768 - 1841)
Dates1768 - 1841
Place of birthBrooke Hall, near Norwich, Norfolk, England
Date of birth23 August 1768
Place of deathConduit Street, London
Date of death12 February 1841
Dates and placesBurial:
Beneath the chapel of Guy's Hospital, London
Articled to his uncle William Cooper, Surgeon to Guy's Hospital (1784); transferred to Henry Cline, Surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital; in Edinburgh (1787-1788); demonstrator at St Thomas's and was associated with 'body snatchers' (1789); lecturer at St Thomas's and at the College of Surgeons; Surgeon, Guy's Hospital (1800); removed a wen from George IV's head
Bt 1820
FRCS (President 1836)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election18/02/1802
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
VP 1830-1831
Medals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1801
RelationshipsSon of Rev Samuel Cooper; great-uncle of Astley Cooper Key (FRS 1868).
Married: 1) (1791) Anne Cock (d. 19 June 1827); 2) (5 July 1828) Catherine daughter of J Jones of Derry Ormond Park, Cardigan (d. 1870)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Proc Roy Soc 1841 (Abstracts of Papers in the Philosophical Transactions 1837-1843 Vol 4 pp 344-346)
Gudrun Richardson, 'A Norfolk Network within the Royal Society' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 27-39, plate
William R Le Fanu, 'Sir Benjamin Brodie, FRS (1783-1862)' in NR 1964 vol 19 pp 42-52
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7001
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AP/8A/17Unpublished paper, 'An improved method of making anatomical preparations and preserving parts of animals' by Joseph Swan21 March 1818
AP/9/20Unpublished paper and letter, 'On a peculiarity in the structure of the eye of the Balæna mysticetus' by J A [John Atkinson?] Ransome[1819]
AP/15/12Unpublished paper, 'An experimental examination of the blood found in the vena portae' by [James] Thackeray[1831]
L&P/11/117Letter, 'Effects of the rupture of the membrana tympan' from Astley Cooper to Everard Home1799
L&P/11/170/1Paper, 'Effects of the destruction of the membrana tympani' by Astley Cooper1801
L&P/11/170Paper, 'Effects of the destruction of the membrana tympani' by Astley Cooper1801
IM/000945Cooper, Sir Astley Pastonnd
EC/1801/17Cooper, Sir Astley Paston: certificate of election to the Royal Society
AP/9/20/1Unpublished manuscript, 'On a peculiarity in the structure of the eye of the Balæna mysticetus' by J A [John Atkinson?] Ransome[1819]
AP/9/20/2Unpublished letter, regarding a discovery in the eye of the bowhead whale from J A [John Atkinson?] Ransome to Astley Cooper19 November 1819
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