Wood, Horatio C, Jr.
- John P. Swann
Wood, Horatio C, Jr. (13 January 1841–03 January 1920), physician, educator, and editor, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Horatio Curtis Wood, a successful businessman, and Elizabeth Head Bacon. His parents used “C” (without a period) as his middle name, a compromise between Curtis and Charles. That Wood was inconsistent in signing his name, and that one of his sons, who also had a distinguished career in medicine, was named Horatio Charles Wood, Jr., further confused the situation. Wood began his education at age four in a Society of Friends boarding school, and he continued at the Friends Select School in Philadelphia. He traced his initial interests in science to two sources. First, on a visit to the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences in his early teens, Wood convinced the director, ...