Edward Meredith Cope was born in Birmingham on 28 July 1818 and died in Cambridge on 5 August 1873. He was educated at Shrewsbury, where he was taught by Benjamin Hall Kennedy (1804–89), and at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1837, graduating BA in 1841, when he came first in the examinations for the Classical Tripos, proceeding to the MA in 1844. He was a Fellow and tutor, and classical lecturer, at his college between 1842 and 1869, when he withdrew because of ill-health, both mental and physical, precipitated by his failure in 1866 to secure the position of Regius Professor of Greek in an unusually close election. (As J. Venn in the Alumni Cantabrigienses crudely and bluntly states, ‘Became insane, 1869.’) He was ordained deacon in 1848 and priest in 1850.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.