Samuel Doty Risley, Philadelphia ophthalmologist and otologist,
was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 16 January 1845. He was married
to (1) Emma D. Thompson and (2) Julia Louise Robinson. Risley
died on 1 April 1920.
After service in the Civil War, Risley attended the University
of Iowa, 1865-1868, then received an M.D. from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1870. The following year, he entered Wills
Eye Hospital as Clinical Clerk. In 1872, Risley assisted William
Fisher Norris as Chief of Clinic of the Eye Service at the University
of Pennsylvania. From 1872 to 1879, Risley was a lecturer and
assistant surgeon in ophthalmology at Penn. From 1886 to 1900,
he was Professor of Diseases of the Eye at the Philadelphia
Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine. From 1890
to 1917, Risley was an attending surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital,
and, from 1886 to 1914, he was consulting ophthalmologist and
a member of the board of managers of the Pennsylvania Training
School for Feeble Minded Children.
Risley was noted for his improvements to the optometer and ophthalmoscope,
was the author of some 150 articles on ophthalmological topics,
and determined the amount of square feet required to provide
adequate lighting to school rooms.
Risley became a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphian
1891 and, in 1904, was president of its Section on Ophthalmology.
He was also a member and president of the American Ophthalmological
Society, the American Otological Society, and a president of
the American Academy of Medicine.