Eric Lionel Mascall was born in London on 12 December 1905 and died there on 14 February 1993. He was educated at Latymer Upper School and won a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in 1927. He was a senior mathematics master at Coventry from 1928 to 1931. After taking holy orders in the Church of England in 1933, he served as a curate in London before becoming sub-warden of Lincoln Theological College in 1937. In 1945 he was offered a studentship at Christ Church, where he remained until 1962 lecturing on the philosophy of religion. He occupied the Chair of Historical Theology at King's College London from 1962 until his retirement in 1973. He delivered the Bampton (1956), Boyle (1965) and Gifford lectures (1970–71). As a recognized authority on Thomas Aquinas, this respected Anglo-Catholic became visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome after his retirement. He also gave the Charles H. Hart Memorial Lecture at the Catholic University of America. He was elected a fellow of the British Academy.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.