Clopton Havers

Clopton Havers (24 February 1657 (Stambourne, Essex) - April 1702) was an English physician who did pioneering research on the microstructure of bone. He is believed to have been the first person to observe and almost certainly the first to describe what are now called Haversian canals and Sharpey's fibres.


He was born in Stambourne, Essex, the son of Henry Havers, Rector of Stambourne. He was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge (admitted 1668) and studied medicine under Richard Morton. He also studied in Utrecht, Netherlands and was awarded MD in 1685. He practiced medicine in London. He was particularly interested in osteology, the study of bones. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in November 1686.[1]

He died in Willingale, Essex in 1702 and was buried at Willingale Doe, Essex. He had married Dorcas Fuller, daughter of Thomas Fuller, the Rector of Willingale. At least two of their children died young.[2]

Book published


  1. "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  2. "Pioneers of Osteogeny- Clopton Havers". Retrieved 14 March 2016.

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