Richard Lower

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Richard Lower was born in St. Tudy, England back in 1631.  He studied at Westminster School.  He moved to London where he carried out research with Robert Hooke.  He formed an informal research team, performing laboratory experiments at the University of Oxford.  He earned his M.D. degree in 1665. 

He was a medical student under Professor Willis collaborating with him to investigate the nervous system.  Later he traced the circulation of blood as it passes through the lungs and learned that it changes when exposed to air. He was the first to observe the difference in arterial and venous blood.  Willis died in 1675, making Richard very busy with the demands of his medical practice.  He died in London from a fever in 1691, he was 60.

What you may not know about Dr. Lower is that he is most remembered as the inventor of blood transfusion.  Bet you didn’t know that practice had been around for that long, did you?

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Comments (18)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

Thank goodness for Dr, Lower's gift to the world! And I am surprised this was figured out so long ago. 

Jul 29, 2021 03:08 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - no I didn't know that.  What were the needles like then?  I wonder.

Jul 29, 2021 03:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I am a bit surprised to learn about the history of blood transfusions.   Of course, there are many things from the world of medicine that remain surprising(and a bit mysterious) to me.  And countless other things as well.  

Jul 29, 2021 04:42 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Japes,

No, I did not!

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jul 29, 2021 04:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. You are correct, cannot imagine a blood transfusion in the 1600's. Enjoy your day.

Jul 29, 2021 05:04 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I watched a movie a while back where the patient was opposed to a blood transfusion, it was quite interesting.

Jul 29, 2021 05:30 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh gee, of course I did not know this or can I imagine it was done so far back in time. Very interesting indeed!

Jul 29, 2021 05:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Who knew?  we certainly did not know who invented this procedure.  It is a very valuable one and has saved lives.  A

Jul 29, 2021 06:18 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Imagine just how many millions of lives were saved by his research.

Jul 29, 2021 07:33 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - So many other questions on this subject come up.  Did they know about blood types back then as well? 

Jul 29, 2021 08:21 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I had no idea that blood tranfusion has been around for so long.  That is remarkable!  Thank you for the interesting story.

Jul 29, 2021 09:01 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I did not know it was around that long! This is a great invention that helped many people.

Jul 29, 2021 09:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You got that bet right, James! I had no clue that blood transfusions started so long ago.

Jul 29, 2021 09:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care and be safe.

Jul 29, 2021 10:04 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- it makes me appreciate even more the medical treatments we have today. 

Jul 29, 2021 10:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You're right, James, I had no clue blood transfusions went back that far. What a life-saving invention!

Jul 29, 2021 11:53 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had no idea that blood transfusions had been around sInce the 1600s. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Jul 29, 2021 09:04 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Who knew that Blood Transfusion went back that far... now did they know about testing for good or bad blood is another post for you James:)

Jul 29, 2021 10:36 PM