Hilda Diana Oakeley was born in Durham in October 1867 and died in London on 7 October 1950. Receiving a first in literae humaniores in 1898 while a student of Somerville College, Oxford, she qualified for both a baccalaureate and a master's degree, but was not awarded them until 1920, when Oxford University admitted women to full membership. While at Oxford, she studied with William Wallace and attended lectures of Bernard Bosanquet and Edward Caird as well. In 1899 Oakeley became the first Warden of Royal Victoria College, McGill University, Canada, where she also served as lecturer in philosophy. In 1900 McGill awarded her honorary BA and MA degrees. She returned to England in 1905 as a lecturer in philosophy and tutor to women students at the University of Manchester, and in 1907 became Warden of King's College for Women, University of London, serving again as lecturer in philosophy. When King's turned coeducational in 1915, Oakeley accepted the position of Warden of the Passmore Edwards Settlement in London. She returned to King's College in 1921 as a university reader in philosophy and subsequently became Acting Head of the Department. Retiring in 1931, Oakeley served as the President of the Aristotelian Society in 1940–41. Beyond the several books she wrote, she generated some forty articles.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.