Alfred Barratt was born in Heald Grove, Manchester on 12 July 1844, the son of a Manchester solicitor, and died in London on 18 May 1881, following the rapid deterioration of his health due to overwork. He was a precocious child, who showed a particular aptitude for languages. Following a glittering school career at Rugby, which he entered when fourteen years old, Barratt went up to Balliol College, Oxford in 1862, where he studied under Benjamin Jowett. He left Balliol in 1866 with first classes in classics, mathematics, and law and modern history, as well as a double first in moderations. He became a fellow of Brasenose in 1867, publishing his book Physical Ethics in January 1869, at the age of twenty-four. He was called to the Bar in 1872 and was appointed secretary to the Oxford University Commission in 1880.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.