WILLIAM BARLOW was born in Islington, London, on August 8, 1845, and inherited from his father, Frederick Barlow, a business dealing with estate and building property; by the exercise of notable acumen in affairs he realised the business and thus found himself early in life possessed of ample means. Barlow was educated privately; he had a taste for physical science and marked mathematical talent, but cultivated the latter unsystematically and perhaps almost exclusively.

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