John Addington Symonds was born in Oxford on 10 April 1807 and died in Bristol on 25 February 1871. He was the son of John Symonds, a physician, and Mary Williams. He was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and studied medicine at Edinburgh. After a brief time working in Oxford, he moved to Bristol, where he rose to prominence as a physician and lecturer at the Bristol medical school; he was a writer on various literary and scientific subjects, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (1857). His son, also John Addington Symonds (1840–93), was a famous aesthete and poet, and author of Renaissance in Italy (1875–86).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.