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Tabor, John

1. Dates
Born: Faccombe, Hampshire, 1667
Died: England, presumbly after 1724
Dateinfo: Death Unknown
Lifespan: N/A
2. Father
Occupation: Cleric
His father, also John Tabor, was the rector of Faccombe.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: English
Career: English
Death: English
4. Education
Schooling: Oxford, M.A., M.D.
Oxford, Merton College, Oxford, 1684-94. B.A., 1687; M.A., 1690; B.M. in 1694.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Anglican (by assumption)
Note that he did receive degrees from Oxford, which demanded religious conformity.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Medicine
His major work, Exercitationes medicae (London, 1724), in the school of Freind and Keill, attempted to incorporate medical animism into a mathematical framework. He devoted considerable attention to detailed formulations of the shape and elasticity of muscle fibers and offered a comprehensive account of the heart's structure and function. His work had little influence.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Medicine
This is a guess, based on his degree and his publication of a medical work thirty years later.
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Medical Practice
Obviously a guess again.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
  1. Not in DNB.
  2. Joseph Foster, Alumni Oxonienses, 4, (Oxford, 1892), 1453.
  3. Not in Wood.
  4. J.R.Partington, A History of Chemistry, 2, (London, 1961), 623- 5.
  5. As should be evident, precious little is known about this guy.
Not Available and Not Consulted
  1. Kurt Spengel, Versuch einer pragmatischen Geschichte der Arzneikunde, 3rd ed., 5, (Halle, 1828), 233-4, 349. This appears to be only on his medical ideas.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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1995 Al Van Helden
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