William Hepworth Thompson was born in York on 27 March 1810, the son of a solicitor (sc. lawyer), and died in Cambridge on 1 October 1886. He was educated privately, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where his interest in Plato was aroused by the teaching of Julius Hare and Connop Thirlwall in the then recently established Classical Tripos. He graduated BA in 1832 and MA in 1834. He was ordained deacon in 1837, and priest in 1838. Apart from a brief period as a school-teacher (1832–6), he spent his life at Cambridge, as Fellow and tutor of his college, as Regius Professor of Greek (1853–67), and finally as Master of Trinity College (1866–86).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.