The Charleston Science Walk takes you past some important and interesting homes and churches in the Holy City once occupied by individuals (many trained as physicians) not usually mentioned on conventional city tours. All played critical parts in the Charleston's scientific community which started with Hannah Williams in the early 1700's and continues to the present day with the award of a Nobel Laureate in Medicine to Dr. Robert F. Furchgott in 1998.
Ernest Everett Just, zoologist, biologist, physiologist, and research scientist, was the son of Charles and Mary Matthews Just.
The first woman collector of the fauna and flora of the British colonies in America lies buried in the graveyard of St. Phillip's Church, the first Anglican Church built south of Virginia. St.Michael's Church occupies the former site of St. Philip's Episcopal Church.
Alonzo McClennan was born in Columbia, South Carolina. The son of Harriet (Kennedy) McClennan was orphaned as a child and lived with his uncle and guardian, Edward B. Thompson, a prosperous barber in the city.
Eli Geddings, physician, was born in Newberry District of South Carolina. Starting in 1818, he studied medicine at Abbeville under Drs. Miller and Arnold until the examining Board in Charleston licensed him to practice in 1820.
William Wells, physician, philosopher and printer, was the second son of Robert and Mary Wells. He was born of Scottish immigrants in Charlestown and sent abroad at the age of eleven to Dumfries, Scotland where after completing his education at a preparatory school, he entered the University of Edinburgh.
Charles Shepard, chemist and mineralogist, was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, the son of Reverend Moses and Deborah Haskins Shepard.
John Lining, physician, pioneer physiologist and experimenter in electricity, came to Charleston from Scotland about 1728.
John Bachman, naturalist and Lutheran clergyman, was the youngest son of Jacob Bachman a farmer of Swiss origin who lived in the village of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York.
This garden was dedicated in 1975 to John Champneys (Dec.28, 1743 - 1820) and Philippe Stanislaus Noisette, creators of the Noisette Roses.
John Shecut, physician, author and botanist, was born in Beaufort, S.C. His father, Abraham Shecut, and his mother, Marie (Barbary) Shecut, were French Huguenots who were refugees first to Switzerland and later to America.
John Chisholm, surgeon and oculist, was born in Charleston, the son of Robert Trail and Harriet Emily Chisholm.
Robert F. Furchgott, biochemist and pharmacologist, was born in Charleston, S.C. With two brothers, his father owned and operated the Furchgott department store in the city, until the onset of the Great Depression.