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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.