Joseph Henry Woodger was born in Norfolk on 2 May 1894 to a family who had been involved in the fishing industry in Yarmouth, and died on 8 March 1981. He was interested in biology even in his time at the Felstead school in Essex, and in 1911 he began studying zoology at University College London. He won many prizes as a student and graduated in 1914 with the college prize in zoology and the Derby Research Scholarship. His early zoological research was halted by World War I. Woodger enlisted early in 1915 and served as an officer in the Norfolk Regiment. He served mainly in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in desert patrols and was involved in the battle of Shumran Bend and the advance to Baghdad. In November 1917 he was appointed the protozoologist to the central laboratory in Amara. In addition to his official duties Woodger engaged in research and began discussing the philosophy of science with his friend and comrade Dr Ian Suttie.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.