Benjamin Kidd was born in Bandon, Ireland on 9 September 1858 and died in Croydon on 2 October 1916. Privately tutored, he became a civil servant in London, a full-time writer, a freelance journalist and a social prophet. He was closely associated with the pro-imperial group within liberal politics, and was a strong supporter of Joseph Chamberlain's abortive tariff reform movement. His later years were spent in rural retreat. He wrote abundantly on society, politics and natural history.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.