William Pole was born in Birmingham on 22 April 1814 and died in London on 30 December 1900. A scientist and musician, he took his BMus (1860) and DMus (1867) degrees at Oxford while he was Professor of Civil Engineering at University College London (1859–76). After his retirement from engineering he was an examiner for the University of London between 1878 and 1890. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Societies of London (1861) and Edinburgh (1877).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.