Originally published in 1954, this biography was the result of many years' labour by its author, Alexander Wood. At the time of Dr Wood's death, he had completed the first ten chapters and left tes for the remaining two, which were finished by Frank Oldham. The volume traces the life of the famous English natural philosopher Thomas Young (1773-1829) from his precocious childhood through his later career as a physician and his accomplishments in the study of optics and languages. As Mr Oldham tes in the preface, 'Young forms a fascinating subject in the field of biography, t only from his amazing scientific record and his wide classical learning combined with his remarkable depth of kwledge in philosophy, but also as a humanist working disinterestedly in the cause of truth.' The book is richly illustrated and contains a memoir of the late author by his acquaintance Professor Charles E. Raven.