Snow, John

BORN 15 Mar 1813, York - DIED 16 Jun 1858, London: 18 Sackville Street, Piccadilly
CAUSE OF DEATH brain hemorrhage (consequences of)
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (E 4,,3 x 134,,6)

John Snow was the oldest son of a farmer. He investigated cholera, doubted that it was transferred by bad air and discovered that it was in fact transferred by means of infected water. He was the first physician in England to use ether as an anasthetic. He gave chloroform to queen Victoria during the birth of prince Leopold (1853) and princess Beatrice (1857).

After his death in 1858 he was buried at Brompton Cemetery in London. His monument was bombed away in 1941 and replaced by another.


The grave of John Snow at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (13 May 2011)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Londoners, Robson Books, London, 1991
• Greenwood, Peter, Who's buried where in England, Constable, London, 1982

Soane, John

Published: 16 Oct 2017
Last update: 08 Mar 2022