William Boericke was born on Nov 26, 1849 in Austria.
He studied medicine at the University of Vienna for a year before emigrating to the USA.
He graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1880. Shortly afterwards, he moved to San Francisco, where he worked as a homeopath for more than fifty years. He was the co-founder of the Pacific Homoeopathic Medical College in San Francisco and the Hahnemann Hospital in 1881.
This was integrated into the University of California, where he became the first professor of homeopathic materia medica and therapy. He worked there for thirty years.
In 1901 he published his homeopathic materia medica, which went through nine editions. His brother Oscar added a repertory to it in 1906.