Sir Astley Cooper: Lectures

Scope and Content

A contemporary transcript of Cooper's lectures on surgery.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Astley Paston Cooper (1768-1841), surgeon, was born at Brooke Hall, near Norwich, on 23 August 1768. He was apprenticed to the surgeon Henry Cline, and studied in London, Edinburgh and Paris. He was anatomy demonstrator, 1789, and lecturer, 1791-1825, at St Thomas's Hospital, London, and lecturer on anatomy, 1793-1796, and comparative anatomy, 1813-1815, at the College of Surgeons. He became surgeon at Guy's Hospital, London, in 1800, and consulting surgeon in 1825. Cooper published surgical and anatomical treatises between 1800 and 1840. He was created baronet in 1821, and died at Conduit Street, London, on 12 February 1841.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Astley Cooper in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. IV (London, 1908), pp. 1062-1064.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no. 1637 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 169.