Robert Hogarth Patterson was born in Edinburgh in December 1821 and died in Hammersmith on 13 December 1886. Educated as a civil engineer, Patterson soon turned to newspaper work and became a prolific journalist, contributing more than eighty articles to Blackwood's, as well as Bentley's Miscellany, Dublin University Magazine, North British Review and the Edinburgh Review. From 1852 to 1858 he edited the Edinburgh Advertiser. In 1858 he became editor of the London Press, and later its proprietor. In 1865 he accepted an editorship of the Globe, but he resigned in 1869 to join a Parliamentary Committee appointed to research London coal gas purification. His knowledge of chemistry enabled the committee to discover an important new process for gas purification. In 1872 Patterson became the editor of the Glasgow News, but poor health drove him back to his literary pursuits. A conspicuous figure in conservative journalism, Patterson wrote numerous articles on politics, science, history and finance. He gained a reputation as a financial expert, advising both the Bank of England and the Bank of France. The broad range of his knowledge expressed itself in the diversity of his books, which covered everything from economics to lyric drama.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.