John Alexander Smith was born in Dingwall in the north of Scotland on 21 April 1863 and died in Oxford on 19 December 1939. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and at Balliol College, Oxford. His first appointment was as a lecturer in Greek at Edinburgh (1886–91) but he returned to Balliol as a tutor in philosophy (1891–1909). From 1910 till 1935 he was Waynflete Professor of Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.