Frederick James Gould was born in Brighton on 19 December 1855 and died in London on 6 April 1938. His father was a struggling opera singer and part-time jeweller; his mother was a dressmaker. Wanting the best education for her son, Gould's mother arranged a placement for Frederick in the Chorister Boy's School at Windsor Castle. In 1868 Gould left Windsor to become a student at the Anglican evangelical school in Chenies, where, in 1871, he was engaged as a teacher. In 1879 Gould moved to London to take up a position with the London School Board. Thereafter he worked as an educator, writer, publisher and theorist for several branches of the labour and freethought movements. In his effort to promote social progress, education and humanism among British workers, Gould helped to organize the Rationalist Press Association, which published inexpensive reprints of classic works on science, freethought and secularism.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.