William Newnham was born in Farnham, Surrey on 1 November 1790 and died in Tunbridge Wells on 24 October 1865. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital in London, and in Paris, before settling in Farnham as a general medical practitioner, as his father had been before him. He was one of the earliest members of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association (later to become the British Medical Association) and one of the founders of its benevolent fund. Newnham first gained public recognition as a writer through the success of his Tribute to Sympathy, Addressed to Mourners (1817), which he wrote in response to his bereavement on the death of his first wife after only a year of marriage (an eighth edition came out in 1842). His medical writings focused mainly on the field of obstetrics. He ceased to practice medicine in 1856 due to ill-health.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.