Thomas Clifford Allbutt
Allbutt, Thomas Clifford [Sir] (1826—1925)
Allbutt, inventor of a thermometer, was one of the most distinguished British physicians of his time. His works on medicine and the Middle Ages are valuable. He openly criticized the Church for opposing and retarding the progress of science in Historical Relations of Medicine and Surgery (1905).
In his Harveian Oration, Allbutt professed Agnosticism:
- I wonder if we are glad that the riddle of the origin and issues of being, which tormented their eager hearts, is not solved but proved insoluble.