Born: September 28, 1810, Staveley, Derbyshire, England.
Died: July 21, 1883, Cambridge, England.
Buried: Cambridge, England.
Birks attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he became a Fellow.
He took Holy Orders in 1837, then became rector of Kelshall, Hertfordshire (1844); vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge (1866); canon of Ely Cathedral (1871); and Professor of Moral Philosophy at Cambridge (1872).
His works include Biblical, astronomical, scientific, prophetic, and other subjects. He wrote the Memoirs of Rev. E. Bickersteth (his father-in-law), 1851.
He also authored about 100 hymns. Some appeared in Bickersteth’s Christian Psalmody, 1833, others in his 1871 Companion Psalter.