Sir Hans Sloane, 1st Baronet PRS (16 April 1660 – 11 January 1753), was an Anglo-Irish physician, naturalist, and collector, with a collection of 71,000 items which he bequeathed to the British nation, thus providing the foundation of the British Museum, the British Library, and the Natural History Museum, London.[2][3] He was elected to the Royal Society at the age of 24.[4] Sloane travelled to the Caribbean in 1687 and documented his travels and findings with extensive publications years later. Sloane was a renowned medical doctor among the aristocracy, and was elected to the Royal College of Physicians at age 27.[5] Though he is credited with the invention of chocolate milk, it is more likely that he learned the practice of adding milk to drinking chocolate while living and working in Jamaica.[6] Streets and places were later named after him, including Hans Place, Hans Crescent, and Sloane Square in and around Chelsea, London – the area of his final residence – and also Sir Hans Sloane Square in his birthplace in Northern Ireland, Killyleagh.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

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Hans Sloane
Portrait by Stephen Slaughter
13th President of the Royal Society
In office
Preceded byIsaac Newton
Succeeded byMartin Folkes
President of the Royal College of Physicians
In office
Preceded byJohn Bateman
Succeeded byThomas Pellett
Personal details
Born(1660-04-16)16 April 1660
Killyleagh, Ireland
Died11 January 1753(1753-01-11) (aged 92)
London, England
Resting placeChelsea Old Church
Known forPhysician
Chelsea Physic Garden
British Museum[1]
Sloane Square
Sloane's drinking chocolate
SpouseElisabeth Sloane (née Langley)
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society (1685)

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