Richard Forster, M.D., was a son of Laurence Forster, of Coventry, and was educated at All Souls' College, Oxford, as a member of which house he proceeded M.B. 10th June, 1573, and M.D. the 2nd July following. He is styled by Camden "nobilis mathematicus." There is no note in the Annals of his examinations or admission as a Fellow of the College of Physicians, but the latter must have taken place about the year 1575. He was Censor in 1583, 1584,1585; Elect 20th March, 1591-2, in place of Dr. Walter Baylie; Consiliarius 1592, 1593, 1594, 1595, 1596, 1597, 1599, 1605, 1606, 1607, 1610, 1614; Treasurer, 1600; and President, 1601, 1602, 1603, 1604, 1615. Dr. Forster was the first appointed Lumleian lecturer, and held that office until 1602, when he was succeeded by William Dunne, M.D.
He died (as we are informed by Wood ) at London, 27th March, 1616, being then President of the College, "to the great reluctancy of all who knew the profound learning of the person." Dr. Forster was the author of Ephemerides Meterologicæ, ad annum 1575 secundum positum Finitoris Londoni. 8vo, Lond., 1575.
[(1) Fasti Oxon., vol. i, p.736.]