Joseph Clarke died on 30 December 1749 after a long illness. He was educated at Westminster School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was taught by Thomas Johnson. He entered Magdalene in 1727 and became a Fellow in 1732 (BA, 1731; MA, 1734). Daniel Waterland, Master of the College, thought highly of him and Clarke was chosen to edit his sermons.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.