Frederick James Furnivall was born on February 24th, 1825. He died on July 2nd, 1910. He was the second editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and the founder of literary societies. Furnivall is often described as impatient, lacking discipline and accuracy. With these traits of character he almost ended the project before it was finished.
Furnivall graduated in mathematics from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in mathematics. Besides working on the Oxford English Dictionary, he was one of the founders of the London Working Menís College.