Edward Jenner was born on 17th May 1749, the youngest son of the vicar of Berkley, Gloucestershire:

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Jenner's parent's died when he was five and he was educated in local schools.

Jenner himself underwent variolation in 1756 and nearly died, an experience he did not forget.

At the age of 13, he was apprenticed to a surgeon for 7 years, then worked for several more years in London.

So, Jenner was a famous London doctor and important member of society then?

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