Joseph Henry Green was born in London on 1 November 1791 and died in Hadley on 13 December 1863. The son of a rich merchant, he received an excellent education: in 1806, at the age of fifteen, he travelled to Germany with his mother, where he studied for over three years in various places, principally Hanover. He returned to England at the end of 1809 in order to begin his medical studies at the Royal College of Surgeons; he received his degree on 1 December 1815, and began to practise as a surgeon at St Thomas's Hospital, where he remained until 1852. In 1815 he made the acquaintance of S.T. Coleridge, and in the same year he met Ludwig Tieck, who was then in London; in 1817, on Tieck's suggestion, he made a journey to Berlin in order to study the history of the most recent German philosophy with Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger. In 1824 he bcame Professor of Anatomy at the College of Surgeons; in 1830 he obtained the Chair of Surgery at the newly founded King's College, which he left in 1836.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.