Gibbins was born on 23 May 1865 at Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony (now South Africa). He was killed on 13 August 1907, falling from a train in Thackley tunnel between Leeds and Bradford. He was the son of Joseph Henry Gibbins and his wife, Eleanor de Beltgens, from Stamford, Dominica in the West Indies. Gibbins was educated at Bradford Grammar School in Yorkshire and won a scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford in 1883. In 1888 he was awarded a BA; two years later, he won the Cobden prize for an economic essay at Oxford. In 1896 he received a DLitt from Dublin University. Gibbins married Emily Bell from Bradford; the couple had one daughter.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.