Published:  01:28 AM, 13 September 2018

Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander OM, FBA was an Australian-born British philosopher. He was the first Jewish fellow of an Oxbridge college.

He was the third son of Samuel Alexander, a prosperous saddler, and Eliza née Sloman. Both parents were Jewish. His father died just before he was born, and Eliza moved to the adjacent colony of Victoria in 1863 or 1864. They went to live at St Kilda, and Alexander was placed at a private school kept by a Mr Atkinson.

In 1871, he was sent to Wesley College, Melbourne, then under the headmastership of Professor Irving, and was always grateful for the efficiency and comprehensiveness of his schooling. He matriculated at the University of Melbourne on 22 March 1875 to do arts. He died on 13 September 1938.

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