Beddoes was born at Clifton, July 20, 1803, and studied at the Charterhouse and at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1825 and an M.A. degree in 1828. The major portion of his studies in medicine and physiology were pursued in Germany and Switzerland. In Basel in 1848, Beddoes attempted suicide by cutting himself on the leg. Gangrene later forced the amputation of his leg, and he lingered on until Jan. 26, 1849, when he ended his life.