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Frederick Howard Marsh

(Frederick) Howard Marsh
Born (1839-03-07)7 March 1839
Homersfield, Suffolk, England
Died 24 June 1915(1915-06-24) (aged 76)
Cambridge, England
Occupation Surgeon
Professor of surgery
Master of Downing College, Cambridge
Spouse(s) 1. Jane Perceval (1870)
2. Violet Susan Hay (1899)
Children Edward Marsh
Margaret Helen Marsh/Maurice (1875-
Parent(s) Edward Brunning Marsh (1809-1876)
Maria Haward

Howard Marsh (1839–1915) was a surgeon and academic. By the time of his death he was Master of Downing College, Cambridge.[1][2]


Howard Marsh was born in 1839[3]in a small village in eastern England, near Bungay, on the Suffolk / Norfolk border.[1] His father is described as a "gentleman farmer".[3]

He studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital ("Bart's") in London, where he signed on in December 1858, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in June 1861.[4] He was appointed house surgeon at the hospital in 1862, working under Frederic Skey.[4] He obtained his F.R.C.S. diploma in 1866 and in 1868 was appointed Administrator of Chloroform.[4] He held a succession of progressively more senior appointments as assistant surgeon before eventually becoming a full surgeon in 1891.[3] By this time he had already, since 1868, worked as a surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street (as it was then known) where he became full surgeon in 1879 and consulting surgeon in 1888.[4] Also in the late 1860s Marsh became surgeon to the Queen Square House of Relief for Children with Chronic Disease of the Joints,[3] an establishment founded "in great part through the exertions of Miss Perceval".[4] Howard Marsh married Jane Perceval, the grand daughter of an assassinated British prime minister, in 1870.[5]

In 1903 Marsh was appointed Professor of Surgery at Cambridge University[1] in belated succession to Sir George Murray Humphry (who had died in 1896).[3] Marsh resigned from his post at Bart's and relocated to Cambridge, becoming a fellow of Kings College.[1] Four years later he relocated again, half a mile to the south, becoming Master of Downing College, Cambridge.[2]

As Master of Downing College Marsh resisted government pressure to restrict access for students from India, then an important British Colony.[2] Approximately one third of all Indian students attending Cambridge University during the early years of the twentieth century chose Downing College: Marsh attributed this to the college's reputation for excellent teaching of law, a subject favoured by India's burgeoning mercantile classes.[2] Government pressure was part of a wider political strategy to limit anti-colonial activism in British universities.[2] After consulting with fellow members of the college governing body Marsh politely rejected the British minister's request to restrict admissions in a way which would have been "a rebuff to Indian students".[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Who was who 1897-1916. A companion volume to "Who's who" containing the biographies of those who died during the period 1897-1916 (London: A & C Black limited). 1919. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Teresa Seguar-Garcia (2015). "Downing College and India: Frederick Howard Marsh is not one of Downing's best-remembered Masters. However, ....". Downing College Magazine Winter 2014-2015 (Downing College, Cambridge). 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Frederick Howard Marsh (1839–1915)". Nature International Weekly Journal of Science. 4 March 1939. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Obituary: Frederick Howard Marsh MA Cantab, (Honoris Causa), M.C., Sc.D., F.R.C.S.Eng.". British Medical Journal. 3 July 1915. 
  5. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 2 March 2015.