Edward Spencer Beesly was the son of the Revd James Beesly. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford and was an assistant master at Marlborough College between 1854 and 1859. Subsequently, he became Professor of History at University College London between 1860 and 1893, and Professor of Latin at Bedford College London between 1860 and 1889. He was, for a considerable time the prime mover, editor and contributor to the Positivist Review, and is widely remembered as the translator (in 1903) of Auguste Comte's Discourse on the Positive Spirit.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.