John Hoppus was born in London and died in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire on 29 January 1875. He was educated at Rotherham Independent College and studied at Edinburgh University under Stewart and Ritchie before transferring to Glasgow, lured by the preacher Chalmers, where he graduated MA. He became minister of Carter Lane Chapel but resigned his charge in 1825 owing to differences with his congregation. In the meantime he had become involved in the work of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, for whom he published his Account of Lord Bacon's ‘Novum Organum Scientiarum’ (1827). His work with the Society brought him in contact with its founder, Henry Brougham, who helped make him, in 1829, the first Professor of Mind and Logic at the University of London. He taught at University College until 1866. Glasgow conferred an LL.D. on him in 1839, and he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1841.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.