Wise was born on 3 July 1885, the son of a fishmonger. He died of heart failure in a field near Wallington Hall, the home of Charles Trevelyan, near Morpeth in Northumberland on 5 November 1933. He was educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating with an MA in 1906. He became barrister at law at the Middle Temple in 1911, and then embarked on a career in the civil service, serving as Assistant Director Army Contracts (1915–17) and as Principal Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Food, (1917–18). He was also British representative on the Inter-Allied Supreme Economic Council (1919) and then Acting Assistant Secretary at the Board of Trade (1922). These involved him in work on wartime and post-war food rationing, die food supply position in post-war Europe, the Russian famine of the early 1920s and discussions with Russian trade delegates. Wise resigned from the Civil Service in February 1923 before taking up a post as an economic adviser on foreign trade to the Russian Cooperative Movement during the period (1923–9).
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.