Born at Leeds; deafened at age 3 by scarlet fever; privately tutored by Thomas Arnold. First deaf youth to pass the Cambridge University Local Examination, at age 16; graduated the University of London. Apprenticed to E.F. Law & Sons, an architectural and surveying firm, but worked in that field only 4 years. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and authored several geological papers, but later moved into education. Worked extensively in editing, translating, and collecting books connected with deafness; he was one of the first, if not the first, person to do research in Deaf history, discovering many forgotten deaf persons and events of the past.
Deaf Lives, p.63-64; Notable Deaf Persons, p.175-178; Digest of the Deaf, vol.1 no.6, July 1939, p.26-28; Silence of the Spheres, p.52; Peeps into the Deaf World, p.69-71.
26 January 1861-14 May 1944