Drake was born in Cambridge in 1667, exact date unknown, and died in London on 2 March 1707. He was educated at Wivelingham and then Eton before attending Caius College, Cambridge, from which he received an MA in 1687. Drake then embarked on the study of medicine, moving to London and taking his MD degree in 1694. He was particularly interested in the study of anatomy, and his work resulted in his being elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1701, and of the College of Physicians five years later. His Anthropologia Nova, or a New System of Anatomy, published in 1707, became a standard work in its field and went through several editions. Drake also had pretensions to being a dramatist, but seems to have produced only one play, The Sham Lawyer, in 1697. He was, however, among those who defended English theatre against Jeremy Collier, rebutting the latter's Short View on the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage in his The Antient and Modern Stages Reviewed (1700).
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.