Sir Hans Sloane | The Collectors | Natural History Museum
Hans Sloane, inventor of hot chocolate
Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of The British Museum by James Delbourgo
258 years of the British Museum
Sir Hans Sloane, 1st Baronet,, was an Irish physician, naturalist and collector noted for bequeathing his collection of 71,000 items to the British nation, thus providing the foundation of the British Museum, the British Library and the Natural History Museum, London. He was elected to the Royal Society at the age of 25. Sloane traveled to the Caribbean in 1687 and documented his travels and findings with extensive publishings years later. Sloane was a renowned medical doctor among the aristocracy and was elected to the Royal College of Physicians by age 27.