Henry Goodeve

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Henry Goodeve

Died 29 September 1884 (aged 76–77)
Nationality British
Known for Supervision of first Brahmins in medicine, London, 1845
Medical career
Institutions Calcutta Medical College
Notable works Hints for the General Management of Children in India in the Absence of Professional Advice (1844),

Henry Hurry Iles Goodeve FRCS FRCP (1807 – 29 September 1884) was a British physician, surgeon, anatomy lecturer and member of the Bengal Medical Service. He became professor of anatomy and obstetrics at Calcutta Medical College and was later involved in the training of several Indian medical students on his return to the UK.

Early life and family

Henry Goodeve was born in 1807, in Portsmouth. His father, John Goodeve, was a banker from a Norfolk family, who had married three times. His mother was Elizabeth Hurry.[1][2]

He married Isabella Barlow.[1]

Medical career

Goodeve studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital,[2] and in 1829, graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, following which he lectured in anatomy at Clifton, where his brother, Edward Goodeve taught. He also edited the Athenaeum with his cousin Frederick Denison Maurice.[1]

He joined the Bengal Medical Service in 1831 and was initially posted to Rampur, where he remained for four years. During this time, he took part in the suppression of the Kol rebellion in 1832.[1] In addition, his face became permanently paralysed when his facial nerve was injured following a bullet wound during a tiger hunt.[2]

Following the establishment of the Calcutta Medical College in 1835, he was appointed the first professor of midwifery and anatomy there.[1] He was an active reformer at the College, and created a substantial obstetric practice.[1] His acquaintances included William Brooke O'Shaughnessy and Sir Ronald Martin.[2]

In 1845, ill health resulted in medical retirement and a return to Britain. Using his retirement grant, and with the aim to extend English education to high-caste and other Hindus, he initiated a project for the medical supervision of four Brahmin students at University College London, bringing them to London.[1][2][3] Soorjo Coomar Goodeve Chuckerbutty was his favourite student.[4][5] Chuckerbutty added "Goodeve" to his own name, placing it before his surname.[6] The other three students were Dwarkanath Bose, Bholanath Das Bose and Gopal Chandra Seal. Funding came from a combination of Goodeve’s contributions, the East India Company and Dwarkanath Tagore.[7][8]

Following the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1853, Goodeve volunteered for duty and was appointed inspector of civil hospitals at Renkioi. Here, he worked alongside Sir Spencer Wells.[2]


As surgeon to the Bengal Medical Service,[9] Goodeve was the author of Hints for the General Management of Children in India in the Absence of Professional Advice (1844) which saw four editions before being taken over for the fifth edition by S.C.G. Chuckerbutty and the sixth by Joseph Ewart. It was renamed Birch's Management and Medical Treatment of Children in India under the authorship of Edward Alfred Birch of the IMS for the seventh edition. A fifth edition of Burch was published under the joint authorship of C.R.M. Green and Vivian Bartley Green-Armytage[9]

Later life and death

On his return from the Crimean War, Goodeve retired to a house he had designed for himself in Bristol. He became a magistrate, visited county lunatic asylums, reformatories, and industrial schools and joined the Bristol Regiment of Rifle Volunteers as a captain in 1859.[10] In addition, he was appointed director of the Avonmouth Docks and Port and Pier Railway. After 1870, he became president of the Bristol and Clifton Society in Aid of Boarding Out Union Orphans and Deserted Children.[1][2]

Henry Goodeve died on 29 September 1884.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Munks Roll Details for Henry Hurry Iles Goodeve". munksroll.rcplondon.ac.uk. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Goodeve, Henry Hurry Iles (1807–1884). Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online, Royal College of Surgeons. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ Lahiri, Shompa (2000). Indians in Britain: Anglo-Indian Encounters, Race and Identity, 1880–1930. Abingdon: Routledge. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-714-68049-1.
  4. ^ Calcutta Review. University of Calcutta. 1924. pp. 102–104.
  5. ^ Soorjo Coomar Goodeve Chuckerbutty: Sowing the seeds of change for generations to come. Abhiroop Sengupta, Asian Voice, 12 August 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Unequal Contenders, Uneven Ground: Medical Encounters in British India, 1820–1920" by Deepak Kumar in Andrew Cunningham & Bridie Andrews, ed. (1997). Western Medicine As Contested Knowledge. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 175. ISBN 0-7190-4673-4.
  7. ^ Fisher, Michael H. (2004). Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600–1857. Delhi: Permanent Black. p. 370. ISBN 81-7824-154-4.
  8. ^ Sen Gupta, P.C. (April 1970). "Soorjo Coomar Goodeve Chuckerbutty: The First Indian Contributor to Modern Medical Science". Medical History. 14 (2): 183–191. PMC 1034039. PMID 4914687.
  9. ^ a b Green, C.R.M. & Vivian Bartley Green-Armytage. (1913) Birch's Management and Medical Treatment of Children in India. 5th edition. Calcutta: Thacker Spink & Co. pp. iii–vi.
  10. ^ "Bristol Regiment of Rifle Volunteers" in The London Gazette, 16 September 1859, p. 3432.

Further reading

  • Whitfield, Michael. Dr Goodeve and Cook's Folly. Bristol: Avon Local History and Archaeology, 2010. 46pp.

External links

  • Henry Goodeve of Calcutta and his Cooke's Folly
  • Tales of Cooks Folly Bristol
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