George Ent was born in Sandwich, Kent on 6 November 1604 and died in London on 13 October 1689. He was the son of Josias Ent, a merchant from the Low Countries driven from his home by religious persecution who came to settle in England. The young Ent was educated first in Rotterdam, then (from 1624) at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1627 and MA in 1631. He then studied for several years at the famous medical school of Padua, graduating MD in 1636. In this year he also paid a visit to Rome, where he met William Harvey, who was to exercise such a dominant influence over his life and thought. Returning to England, Ent was awarded an Oxford MD in 1638, and became a Fellow of the College of Physicians in 1639. Despite his Royalist sympathies, his medical practice in London flourished during the years of the Commonwealth. After the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Ent became one of the founder members of the Royal Society, and rose to become President of the College of Physicians. He was knighted by Charles II in 1665.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.