Sophie Willock was born near Dublin, the third of six children of the Revd W.A. Willock and Sophie Morris. As well as being an early female rower and cyclist, she was an enthusiastic mountaineer who climbed the Matterhorn twice. She met her death climbing Mont Blanc, aged seventy-two, in 1922. As a child, Sophie Willock was educated principally by her father, a fellow of Trinity College Dublin. The family moved to London in 1863. Three years later, she won an Arnott Scholarship to Bedford College, London, emerging in 1867 as the only candidate in the first class of the Senior Cambridge Local Examinations, which had only recently become open to women. At the age of nineteen, she married Dr W.H. Bryant, a Plymouth physician, but was widowed within a year. She was appointed to teach mathematics at the North London Collegiate School in 1875 by its founder, Frances Mary Buss. Throughout her life, Bryant maintained a love for all things Irish and was a prominent supporter of home rule. She received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 1904.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.