Edward Carter Gonner (he seems to have acquired his third forename only after graduation) was born on 5 March 1862 in London, and died in Liverpool on 24 February 1922. He was the second son of Peter Kersey and Elizabeth Gonner. At his matriculation in October 1880 his father's occupation was recorded as ‘gentleman’, which probably implies only that he had retired from his business in the silk trade and possessed sufficient means to pay the fees. Gonner was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School, London, and at Lincoln College, Oxford, from which he graduated with first-class honours in modern history in 1884. His introduction to economics came through the lectures of Alfred marshall, for whom he was a star pupil, during Marshall's brief appointment at Oxford, (1883–4. During the following year he was a lecturer for the London Extension Society, and in 1885 obtained his first academic post as lecturer in political economy at University College, Bristol. In 1888 he successfully applied for the post of Lecturer in Political Economy and Commercial Education at the recently founded (1881) University College, Liverpool. In 1891 he was appointed to the newly-created Brunner Chair of Economic Science, a post he held until his death.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.