Ernest William Hobson was born in Derby on 27 October 1856 and died in Cambridge on 19 April 1933. He was the son of the editor of the Derby Advertiser, William Hobson and his brother, J.A. Hobson, became a well-known economist. Educated at Derby School, Hobson was elected a mathematical Scholar of Christ's, Cambridge in 1874 and he became Senior Wrangler in 1878. He was elected Sadlerian Professor in 1910, a position he held until his retirement in 1931. Hobson was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1893 and was Royal Medallist in 1907. He was also a member of the London Mathematical Society, of which he was President in 1901–1902; he received the De Morgan Medal of the society in 1920. He was also honorary doctor of six universities.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.