John Anthony, son of John Anthony, was born at Aston, Warwickshire, and educated at Caius College, Cambridge. He was Caian scholar in anatomy and Mickleburgh scholar in chemistry in 1848 and proceeded to his M.B. degree in 1850. His earlier years as a doctor were spent in world-wide travel with a patient, which enabled him to indulge his love for natural history. He then settled in Birmingham and held appointments at the General Dispensary and Children’s Hospital for a time. But he never engaged seriously in active practice, and for most of his long life he devoted himself to the study of astronomy and archaeology, the affairs of the Microscopical Society, and his collections of natural history and scientific apparatus. Anthony, who was unmarried, died at Birmingham.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1895; Times, 4 June 1895; Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 269]