William Withering was born in Wellington, Shropshire in March 1741 and died in Birmingham on 6 October 1799. He was the only son of a prosperous apothecary. He entered Edinburgh University in 1762 and graduated MD in 1766. The following year Withering set up in practice in Stafford but moved to Birmingham in 1775 where he established a flourishing practice. He suffered from tuberculosis for many years, and made two trips to Portugal for his health but to no advantage. He died aged only fifty-eight.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.