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Authorised form of nameTodd; Robert Bentley (1809 - 1860)
SurnameTodd
ForenamesRobert Bentley
Dates1809 - 1860
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Dublin, Ireland (07 or 09 April 1809)
Death:
His consulting room, Brook Street, London (30 January 1860)
ActivityProfession:
Physician
Education:
Trinity College, Dublin. BA (1829). Incorporated at Pembroke College, Oxford (1832). MA (1832); BM (1833); DM (1836)
Career:
Moved to London (1831); Lecturer, Aldersgate Street School of Medicine; Professor of Physiology and Anatomy, King's College, London (1836); had a leading role in founding King's College Hospital (1838) and was one of its first physicians, with an interest in neurological disorders, including epilepsy, where he is immortalised in the term 'Todds paralysis'; first to understasnd the neurophysiology of lead poisoning, and he separated locomotor ataxy from other spinal diseases; resigned as Professor (1853) and devoted himself to private practice
Developed an electrical theory of epilepsy which he presented in his Lumleian Lectures to the Royal College of Physicians in 1849. Influenced by Michael Faraday (1791-1867) whose electical studies led Todd to the theory that that the brain had battery-like electrical mechanisms of function.
Memberships:
LRCP (1833); FRCP (1837)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
8/02/1838
RelationshipsSon of Charles Hawkes Todd, surgeon
Published works'On the pathology and treatment of convulsive diseases' (Lumleian Lectures to the Royal College of Physicians) in London Medical Gazette, 1849 Volume 8 pp 661-671; 724-729; 766-771; 815-822; 837-846
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1860-1862 vol 11 pp xxxii-xxxiv
Notes:
BR gives birth date as 07 April 1809
Dr H Reyholds 'Todd, Huglings Jackson, and the electrical basis of epilepsy' in The Lancet, Volume 358, 18 August 2001 pp 575-577
JB Lyons 'Todd's Paralysis' in Koehler PJ, Bruyn GW, Pearce JMS editors of 'Neurological eponyms' Oxford University Press 2000
Royal Society codeNA7567
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/21/49Letter from Robert Bentley Todd to Thomas Bell21 December 1849
AP/31/4Contributions to the Physiology of the Alimentary Canal 5 April 1848
S/0046Sculpture bust of Todd, Robert Bentley 1860
IM/004619Todd, Robert Bentleynd
RR/1/10Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'Researches in embryology - Second series' by Martin Barry11 June 1839
RR/2/243Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'On the functions of the membrana tympani, the ossicles and muscles of the tympanum, and of the eustachian tube in the human ear, with an account of the muscles of the eustachian tube and their action in different classes of animals' by Joseph Toynbee20 November 1850
RR/1/18Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'On the nerves of the uterus' by Thomas Snow Beck 8 October 1845
RR/1/113Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'Researches on the function of the intercostal muscles and on the respiratory movements, with some remarks on muscular power, in man' by John Hutchinson18 July 1848
RR/1/263Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'On the development of striated muscular fibre' by Wilson Fox[c.1850]
RR/1/116Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'Researches on the function of the intercostal muscles and on the respiratory movements, with some remarks on muscular power, in man' by John Hutchinson2 August 1848
RR/1/129Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'On the secretory apparatus of the liver' by Charles Handfield Jones22 May 1846
RR/1/126Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'Microscopical examination of the contents the hepatic ducts, conclusions founded thereon as to the physiological signification of the cells hepatic parenchyma, and as to their anatomical relation to the radicles of the hepatic ducts' by Thomas Wharton Jones29 July 1848
RR/1/230Referee's report by Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'On the supposed development of the animal tissues from cells' by James Stark3 July 1843
RR/1/266Letter from Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'Researches into the structure and development of a newly discovered parasitic animalcule of the human skin—the entozoon folliculorum' by William James Erasmus Wilson12 October 1843
M/118Todd Medal of King's College, London
MM/10/165Minutes of the Microscope Committeec.1843
RR/1/112Letter from Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'Researches on the function of the intercostal muscles and on the respiratory movements, with some remarks on muscular power, in man' by John Hutchinson24 October 1848
RR/1/265Letter from Robert Bentley Todd, on a paper 'Researches into the structure and development of a newly discovered parasitic animalcule of the human skin—the entozoon folliculorum' by William James Erasmus Wilson28 June 1843
EC/1838/12Todd, Robert Bentley: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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