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Edwin Smith
Date: 1822 - 1906
Remarks: An Egyptologist, Smith was one of the earliest students of Egyptian hieroglyphics. For twenty years he lived at Luxor where in 1862 he acquired the important surgical papyrus which was presented to the Society by his daughter. The Society had obtained the extensive Egyptian collection of Dr. Henry Abbott (1812-59) two years earlier, but this collection was sold to the Brooklyn Museum in 1948.