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Henry William Chandler

(1828—1889) classical scholar


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Henry William Chandler was born in London on 31 January 1828 and committed suicide by taking prussic acid at Pembroke College, Oxford on 16 May 1889. He matriculated at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1848, was elected Fellow in 1853 and thereafter to the Waynflete Chair of Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy in 1867. He was curator of the Bodleian Library from 1884 until his death. Chandler lived the life of a scholarly recluse, devoted to the study of Aristotle and his commentators. He amassed copious material for an edition of Aristotle's Fragments, in which he was unhappily forestalled by the German scholar Valentin Rose. Chandler was persuaded that a complete catalogue of works concerning Aristotle and his philosophy would have been of great scholarly interest. He himself contributed to a portion of that catalogue (A Catalogue of Editors of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, 1868; and Chronological Index of Editions of Aristotle's Ethics and of Work Illustrative of Them, 1898). He is the author of a standard work on Greek accentuation. On his death he left behind him a remarkable collection of Aristotelian literature that found a permanent home in Pembroke Library.

From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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