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Radcliffe has 11 lecture rooms and 32 syndicate rooms, with space for up to 100 people.

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Radcliffe was born the son of George Radcliffe, attorney, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Northallerton Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner at University College tutored by Obadiah Walker, to become a Fellow of Lincoln College. He obtained his MD in 1682 and moved to London shortly afterwards. There he enjoyed great popularity and became royal physician to William III and Mary II.

The library has doors with relief wood carvings[3] by Don Potter, undertaken while he was studying with the sculptor Eric Gill.[4]

The scientific books housed in the Radcliffe Camera were transferred to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in 1861. On land next to the museum (on the corner of Parks Road and South Parks Road) a new library building opened in 1901, the Radcliffe Library.[1] The library is named after John Radcliffe, a major benefactor of the University, like a number of other buildings in Oxford.

The fountain in front of the main infirmary building was introduced in 1858 and is of the Greek god Triton.[2]

On his death in the following year, his property was bequeathed to various charitable causes, including St Bartholomew's Hospital and University College, Oxford, where the Radcliffe Quad is named after him. The charitable trust founded by his will of 13 September 1714 still operates as a registered charity.[5]

A number of pioneering moments in medical history occurred at the hospital. Penicillin was first tested on patients on 27 January 1941. The first Utah Array (later known as the BrainGate) implantation in a human (Kevin Warwick) took place on 14 March 2002.[3]

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In 1690 he was elected Member of Parliament for Bramber, Sussex[1] and in 1713 member for Buckingham.[2][4]

Radcliffe offers its guests comfortable, well-equipped rooms and a good night’s sleep. It has 154 en-suite bedrooms, available all year round.

1. Among the many singularities related of Radcliffe, it has been noticed that, when he was in a convivial party, he was unwilling to leave it, even though sent for by persons of the highest distinction. Whilst he was thus deeply engaged at a tavern, he was called on by a grenadier, who desired his immediate attendance on his colonel; but no entreaties could prevail on the physician to postpone his revelry.

The RSL building consists of three parts, developed as expansion of the library was necessary:

The John Radcliffe Hospital and the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford are named after John Radcliffe, as is Oxford Radcliffe Private Healthcare[8] which is based at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) is the main teaching and research science library at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

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The Woodstock Road entrance of the hospital was frequently seen in the ITV television series Inspector Morse.

The Radcliffe Trust supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s traditional cultural heritage and crafts sectors.

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In 1758, the initial proposals to build a hospital in Oxford were put forward at a meeting of the Radcliffe Trustees, who were administering John Radcliffe's estate. £4,000 was made available for the new hospital, which was constructed on land given by Thomas Rowney, one of the two Members of Parliament for Oxford.

Until 2007, the library was a reference library rather than a lending library. During 2007 the building and collection of the Hooke Library was integrated into the RSL.[5]

The John Radcliffe site also houses many departments of Oxford University Medical School, is home to the George Pickering Education Centre and base for most medical students who are trained throughout the Trust.


Radcliffe has an exercise room on the first floor; it’s open from 7am to 11pm.

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The Emergency Department was redesigned in 2004 and judged the best designed hospital building in the country, in the Department of Health's national Annual Building Better Healthcare Awards 2004.

The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education.

The Radcliffe Infirmary was a hospital in central Oxford, England, located at the southern end of Woodstock Road on the western side, backing onto Walton Street. The Radcliffe Infirmary, named after physician John Radcliffe, opened in 1770 and was Oxford's first hospital. It was finally closed in 2007.[1]

The catering team at Radcliffe offers guests fresh, innovative and delicious food in the restaurant, private dining spaces, the bar or your meeting room.

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The John Radcliffe Hospital (JR) is Oxfordshire's main accident and emergency site. The JR provides acute medical and surgical services including trauma, intensive care and cardiothoracic services. It is situated in Headington, about three miles east of Oxford city centre. It is the largest of the Trust's hospitals, covering around 66 acres, and includes:

The site was also the location of the Oxford Eye Hospital (now located at Oxford Eye Hospital Level LG1 John Radcliffe Hospital Headley Way Headington Oxford OX3 9DU) and the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology (NLO).[4]

3. Physician to King William III until 1699, when Radcliffe offended the King by remarking "Why truly, I would not have your Majesty's two legs for your three kingdoms."

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Dr John Radcliffe (c. 1652 – 1 November 1714[3]) BA MA(Oxon) MD MP was an English physician, academic and politician. A number of landmark buildings in Oxford, including the Radcliffe Camera (in Radcliffe Square), the Radcliffe Infirmary, and the Radcliffe Observatory were named after him. The John Radcliffe Hospital, a large tertiary hospital in Headington was also named after him.

In 1927, the library lost its independence, for financial efficiency becoming part of the Bodleian Library. The library took on its current name, the Radcliffe Science Library, and gained the right as a legal deposit library to receive a copy of all new British scientific publications.[2]

In 2014 we marked the 300th anniversary of the death of Dr John Radcliffe and the establishment of The Radcliffe Trust.