Illustrations of the Nueva Quinologia of Pavon (1862) John Eliot Howard
Howard, a chemist and quinologist, was known for his study of Cinchona (Peruvian) barks and of quinine, an alkaloid derived from the bark, which was the first successful drug treatment for malaria.
He was a member of a number of societies including the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain from 1853, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1874.
Both John Eliot Howard and his brother Robert worked for their father’s firm, which was a well-known manufacturer of quinine amongst other products.
In 1798, their father, Luke Howard, had entered into partnership with William Allen, first president of the Pharmaceutical Society, under the name Allen and Howard. (The Hanbury family were later to become partners with Allen under the company name Allen and Hanburys).
Luke Howard was responsible for Allen and Howard’s research and manufacturing laboratories, situated in Plaistow, Essex. Around 1805, the laboratories moved to Stratford, London, and Howard continued to work from there after his partnership with William Allen was dissolved. The friendship between the two men remained for the rest of their lives.