Wicksteed was born in Leeds on October 1844, and died at Childrey, Berkshire on 18 March 1927. The son of a Unitarian minister, he was educated at Ruthin Grammar School in North Wales and then University College London (BA 1864) and finally Manchester New College (MA in classics, 1867). He then served as Unitarian minister at Taunton (1867–9), Dukinfield near Manchester (1870–4) and finally at the Little Portland Street chapel in London (1874–97). He then left the ministry, devoting himself to writing and teaching; from 1887 until retirement in 1918 he was a University of London extension lecturer, giving courses on subjects as diverse as the philosophy of Aristotle, the poetry of Wordsworth and political economy. In his own Day he was perhaps best known as a translator of Dante, and his translations and commentaries were highly regarded. He also wrote important works on Aquinas.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.