F. S. C. Northrop was born on 27 November 1893 in Janesville, Wisconsin. After receiving a BA from Beloit College in 1915 and an MA from Yale University in 1919, he went to Harvard University, where he earned another MA in 1922 and a PhD in philosophy in 1924. He was appointed to the Yale faculty in 1923 as an instructor in philosophy, and was promoted to full professor in 1932. He chaired the philosophy department from 1938 to 1940, and was the first Master of Silliman College from 1940 to 1947. In 1947 Northrop was appointed Sterling Professor of Philosophy and Law, and he held that title until retiring in 1962. He was President of the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division in 1962–3. He died on 21 July 1992 in Exeter, New Hampshire.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.