Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (Biographical details)

Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (collector; scientist/engineer; British; American (USA); Male; 1853 - 1936)

Also known as

Wellcome, Henry Solomon


Pharmacist and collector; born in Wisconsin, brought up in Minnesota. In England invented the tabloid (pill), and, as a result of his marketing skills became very wealthy. An eccentric collector, his medical materials are at the Science Museum, London, while much of his non-medical ethnography and antiquities were presented to The British Museum, the Fowler Museum, at UCLA, and also to other UK museums from the 1950s onwards. Wellcome's library is at the Wellcome Institute (q.v.), which is supported by the Wellcome Foundation (q.v.).

See AOA Ethdoc 344 - list of objects from his excavations at Jebel Moya, Sudan, presented to the BM.


Ken Arnold & Danielle Olsen, eds, 'Medicine Man: The Forgotten Museum of Henry Wellcome', London: British Museum Press, 2003.