Henry Charlton Bastian

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Henry Charlton Bastian
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ca. 1868

Born 26 April 1837(1837-04-26)
Truro, Cornwall, England
Died 17 November 1915 (78) [1]
Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire, England
Nationality British
Alma mater University of London, M.A. (1861); M.D. (1866)
Workplace(s) University College, London
National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, London
Field(s) Medicine
Affiliations Fellow of the Royal Society (1868)
Known for Abiogenesis

Henry Charlton Bastian (April 26, 1837 - November 17, 1915) was British neurologist and bacteriologist, noted for his extensive work in neurological science and his fierce advocacy of archebiosis ("Spontaneous Generation"), which he reported to have demonstrated experimentally.


Bastian entered University College, London in 1856, graduating M.A. from the University of London in 1861, and M.D. in 1866. In addition to his career as a physician (at both the college hospital and National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic), he was a professor of pathological anatomy, and later professor of medicine and clinical medicine, at the University College.[1]

"Archebiosis and Heterogenesis"


Selected Bibliography

  • Bastian, Henry Charlton (1872), The Beginnings of Life: Being Some Account of the Nature, Modes of Origin and Transformations of Lower Organisms 
  • Bastian, Henry Charlton (1874), Evolution and the Origin of Life 
  • Bastian, Henry Charlton (1880), Brain as an organ of mind 
  • Bastian, Henry Charlton (1904), Studies in Heterogenesis 
  • Bastian, Henry Charlton (1905), The Nature and Origin of Living Matter 
  • Bastian, Henry Charlton (1911), The Origin of Life 


  1. 1.0 1.1 Obituary of "HENRY CHARLTON BASTIAN, M.A., M.D.LOND., F.R.C.P., F.R.S." ( in British Medical Journal, 1915 November 27; 2(2865): p.795–796