John Henry Bridges was born in Old Newton, Suffolk on 11 October 1832 and died in Tunbridge Wells on 15 June 1906. He was educated at Rugby and Wadham College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1855. He won a Fellowship to Oriel College, where he studied medicine, completing his training at St George's Hospital in London and taking his MB in 1859. He practised medicine in Bradford and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1867. In 1870 he became Medical Metropolitan Inspector for the Local Government Board and worked in London until ill-health forced his retirement in 1898.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.