Amherst Selby-Bigge was born on 3 April 1860 and died in Lewes on 24 May 1951. The second son of Charles Selby-Bigge of Linden, Northumberland, he was educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating BA with a first class in literae humaniores in 1883 (MA 1886). He was fellow and lecturer in philosophy at University College, Oxford from 1883 (hon. fellow 1930). He had entered the Inner Temple in 1884 and was called to the bar in 1891. From 1893 he was a Charity Commissioner before entering the Board of Education in 1902, where he was involved in constituting the foundation managers for voluntary schools and in settling teachers' salaries. He was also principal advisor to H.A.L. Fisher on the drafting of his Education Act. He was promoted principal assistant secretary in 1908 and permanent secretary in 1911. He retired in 1925 to his farm near Lewes, also sitting on a number of Public Commissions. He was appointed CB in 1905, advanced KCB in 1913, and was created a baronet in 1919.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.