June 27, 2022

I, Science

The science magazine of Imperial College

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Edward Jenner

17 May, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Edward Jenner is undisputedly best known for pioneering the smallpox vaccine but his disorganisation and the ease at which he became sidetracked is less discussed. Jenner could have easily relaxed into the gentile life of a country doctor if it weren’t for his ‘dear man’ and mentor, John Hunter. Hunter, from whose collection the Hunterian Museum originated, kept Jenner’s interest in science going and encouraged him to carry on conducting experiences. In this Lunchtime Lecture the intriguing question of whether Jenner would have ever discovered the vaccine without Hunter is posed.



Hunterian Museum
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE United Kingdom
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