Bathurst, Ralph an English physician and divine, was born in Northampton, 1620. Having studied physic, he was made a naval surgeon under Cromwell; but after the return of Charles II he gave himself to divinity, and was appointed chaplain to the king. In 1664 he was elected president of Trinity College; in 1670, dean of Wells; in 1673, vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford; in 1688, president of the Royal Society. In 1691 he refused the see of Bristol; died in 1704. He published Praelectiones de Respiratione, 1654; News from the Dead (an account of Anne Green, executed in 1650, and restored to life), 1651, 4to; and several Latin poems. — Warton, Life of Bathurst, 1761, 8vo; New Genesis Biog. Dict. 2:84.