Thomas Edward Cliffe Leslie was born in County Wexford on 21 June 1826 and died in Belfast on 27 January 1882. He was educated at King William's College, Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Dublin, and graduated with a BA (1847) and LL.B. (1851). He was called to the Irish Bar (1850) and to the English Bar (1857). Appointed Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Economy at Queen's College Belfast in 1853, he retained this position until his death. Although he suffered continuous ill-health and resided mainly in London, he was an active member of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, where he delivered a number of papers between 1851 and 1855. He was an Honorary Secretary of the Society from 1857 to 1863.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.