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Charles Édouard Brown- Séquard (1817–1894) by unknown engraver, pubd 1894 (after Serendat de Belzim) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Séquard, Charles Édouard Brown- (1817–1894), physiologist and neurologist, was born on 8 April 1817 in Port Louis, Mauritius, the only son of Edward Brown (1784–1817), captain in the United States merchant service, and Charlotte Perrine Henriette, née Séquard (1788–1842). His mother was widowed during pregnancy and could not afford more than a rudimentary education for her son, whom she brought up with the help of her father, an emigrant from ...