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William Chester Minor

William Chester Minor

William Chester Minor - The Surgeon of Crowthorne - was an American surgeon who emigrated to London and shot a man near Waterloo Bridge.  In Broadmoor, he became a prolific contributor to the first Oxford English Dictionary.  Simon Winchester's bestseller about Minor's story - also known as The Professor and the Madman - was published in the late 1990s.

Minor's story is told in more detail in Broadmoor Revealed.  A shorter biography is available in the pdf below.



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5 response(s) so far…

Mike C aus
Posted on the : 27 Jun 2012

Fascinating character

Graeme Phillips
Posted on the : 25 Feb 2016

Brilliant book. I encouraged my wife and 5 children to read it over the past 13 years and they have introduced the book to their spouses and children.

Posted on the : 30 Apr 2017

Really really interesting book. William brown was my great great grandmothers second husband so personal to me.

Karl Chester Sr.
Posted on the : 17 Apr 2018

Was he related to the Chesters of New London/Groton CT or the Minors of Torrington CT?

Posted on the : 18 Apr 2018

Hello Karl Chester Sr. Afraid we don't know. What we do know from 'The Surgeon of Crowthorne' book (by Simon Winchester) is that his family originated from New England, USA and were the "founding fathers of the state of Connecticut". Minor was born in Ceylon as his parents had travelled there as missionaries. It is possible that he is connected to the families you mention, but you would need to look into records in America to find out. Looking online, there are a few genealogy and history sites for researching into Connecticut family history. Unfortunately, we cannot include URLs in this comment box, so please use your internet browser to search for them. Hope you find out the answer. Regards, BRO.


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