John Leofric Stocks was born in Market Harborough on 26 October 1882 and died in Swansea on 13 June 1937. He was the sixth son and one of twelve children of John Edward Stocks, vicar of Market Harborough and later, successively, archdeacon of Leicester and Canon of Peterborough Cathedral. He was educated at Rugby and at Corpus Christi, Oxford, where he was a student of David Ross and received a double first in classics. In 1906 he was appointed fellow and tutor at St John's College, where he remained until 1924, except for the years 1914 to 1918, when he served in the army in World War I. In 1916 he received the DSO for gallantry in battle in France, when he was wounded and subsequently sent back to England to train new officers. Whilst at Oxford he promoted the cause of women's eligibility to take degrees at the University. In 1924 he became Professor of Philosophy at Manchester University, succeeding Samuel Alexander. Whilst at Manchester, he was actively involved in public service and adult education, including the Workers' Educational Association, and as soon as postwar conditions allowed, he went to Germany to see at firsthand its economic and social problems. He stood as the Labour candidate for Oxford University in the 1934 general election, but was unsuccessful. In 1937 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University. He had held this post for only a few months when, whilst on a trip connected with adult education, he died suddenly of heart problems caused by his war wounds.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.