British classical philologist. Born East Ruston (Norfolk) 25. 12. 1759, died London 25. 9. 1808. Schooled at Eton and elsewhere; 1778–1782 studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1785 MA, 1782–1792 fellow there. From 1792, Regius Prof. of History at Cambridge. Lost fellowship (for refusing to take holy orders) 1792 and moved to London. Worked as private scholar there. From 1806, librarian of the so-called London Institution (antecedent of the Univ. of London).