T. A. Barker, second son of Thomas Barker of Ashford Hall, Derbyshire, first studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where he graduated with the degree of M.D. in 1829. In the year following he entered Downing College, Cambridge, and in 1835 proceeded to the Cambridge M.B, having completed his studies at St. Thomas’s Hospital and in Paris and Dublin. He obtained an early appointment at the Public Dispensary in London, and in 1839 was made assistant physician to St. Thomas’s, being promoted to full physician after a year. Barker retired from the active staff of the Hospital in 1868, having lectured on materia medica and therapeutics and on medicine and having held the chair of clinical medicine since 1853. He was dean of the Medical School from 1849 to 1850 and again from 1858 to 1860. He delivered the Lumleian Lectures at the Royal College of Physicians in 1860, 1861 and 1869. A member of the committee of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, he conducted a Bible class for young men and read to the old men in St. Marylebone Workhouse. He married a Miss Clowes, daughter of the vicar of Knutsford, Cheshire, and died in London.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1891; Parsons, iii, 164; Al.Cantab., I, 153]