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'''George Ent''' ([[November 6]], [[1604]] - [[October 13]], [[1689]]) was an English scientist in the seventeenth century who focused on the study of [[anatomy]]. He was a member of the [[Royal Society]] and the [[Royal College of Physicians]]. Ent is best known for his associations with [[William Harvey]], particularly his ''Apologia pro circulatione sanguinis'', a defense of Harvey’s work.
[[File:Apologia.JPG|thumb|right|Title Page of Ent's Apologia]]
== Biography ==
'''Sir George Ent''' was born on [[6 November]] [[1604]] in Sandwich, Kent. He was the son of a Belgian immigrant, Josias Ent (sometimes called John Ent), who had come to [[England]] to avoid religious persecution.
As a boy, Ent went to school in [[Wallachia]] and [[Rotterdam]], but attended college in [[England]]. He left for college in April 1624, and received his BA from [[Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge]] in 1627 and his MA four years later.<ref>{{Venn|ENT624G}}</ref> Following his graduation from Sidney, he spent five years at the [[University of Padua]], earning his MD in 1636.
On [[25 June]] [[1639]], Sir George Ent became a fellow of the [[Royal College of Physicians]] and remained a fellow for the duration of his life. In addition, he served as a censor from 1645 to 1669 (with gaps in service in 1650, 1652, and 1658), a Registrar from 1655 to 1670, and Consiliarius from 1667 to 1669 and 1676 to 1686. He was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians in 1670. He held the position for five years, as well as on [[17 August]] [[1682]] and [[28 May]] [[1684]]. Ent was also elected to the [[Royal Society]] as an Original Fellow on [[22 April]] [[1663]].
On [[10 October]] [[1646]], Ent married Sarah, the daughter of a former president of the Royal College, [[Dr. Othowell Meverell]].
Ent was also known as an author, a scholar, and an anatomist. He was widely reputed to be exceptionally eloquent, particularly in Latin. He wrote a number of books, the most prominent of which is probably his ''Apologia'', the first book Ent ever published. In addition, he both studied and gave lectures on anatomy. In 1665, his anatomy lectures at the Royal College of Physicians were observed by King Charles II, who knighted him in April of the same year. This remains the only instance in which a man was actually knighted inside the Royal College.
Ent is also known for his correspondence with [[Cassiano dal Pozzo]], who sent Ent fossilized wood specimens, including a tabletop made of petrified wood. Ent showed them to the Royal Society, where they led to increased interest in the origin of fossils.
Ent died in his house in St Giles-in-the-Fields on [[13 October]] [[1689]] at the age of 84.
== Works and Theories ==