William Shippen, October 1, 1712 – November 4, 1801,
was the leading anatomist in mid‑eighteenth century Philadelphia, and in
1762 he began offering lectures on anatomy in his home. He was an physician
from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a civic and educational leader who
represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress.
Shippen envisioned the growth of a full-scale medical school similar to
the University of Edinburgh; however, it fell to a more dynamic individual
to carry out this commendable mission.