John Radcliffe (1652–1714) was a phenomenally successful Oxford-educated physician who, in the words of his acerbic contemporary Thomas Hearne, had “little learning but … a great sagacity [and] he never had his equal by which he got such a vast sum of Money.” Radcliffe left the bulk of his wealth to his alma mater with the provision that the greatest part should be spent on building a new library in central Oxford, the remainder being set aside for a new quadrangle at his old college. The largest part of the bequest, £40,000 ($62,537), led in 1737–47 to the construction of the library now known as the Radcliffe Camera. Oxford’s first hospital, the Radcliffe Infirmary,...
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Book Review| December 01 2015
Remembering Radcliffe: 300 Years of Science and PhilanthropyBodleian Library, Oxford 28 November 2014–20 March 2015
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2015) 74 (4): 520–522.
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Geoffrey Tyack; Review. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2015; 74 (4): 520–522. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2015.74.4.520
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