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Sir Michael Foster (1836-1907), Physiologist, university lecturer and Liberal politician; MP for London University

Sitter in 11 portraits
Michael Foster studied medicine at the University of London. After several years practicing as a doctor he became professor of practical physiology at University College, London. In 1870 he was appointed by Trinity College, Cambridge, to its praelectorship in physiology, and thirteen years later he became the first occupant of the newly-created chair of physiology in the university, holding it till 1903. From 1881 to 1903 he was one of the secretaries of the Royal Society, and in that capacity exercised a wide influence on the study of biology in Britain.

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Sir Michael Foster

by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1907
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Sir Michael Foster

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Sir Michael Foster

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1899
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Sir Michael Foster

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1899
NPG x31903

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Sir Michael Foster

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1899
NPG x31904

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Sir Michael Foster

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, May 1902
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Sir Michael Foster

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, May 1902
NPG x15833

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Sir Michael Foster

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, May or July 1902
NPG x15834

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Sir Michael Foster

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1904
NPG x14288

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Sir Michael Foster

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1905-1906
NPG x14290

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Sir Michael Foster

by Unknown photographer
platinum print
NPG x14289

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