B.F. Westcott: 190th
Continuing in the spirit of some previous postings about famous scholars of yester-year, today (12 January) marks the birthday of Brooke Foss Westcott (12 January 1825), who, along with J. B. Lightfoot and F. J. A. Hort, formed the famous Cambridge trio of NT scholars. Westcott features as today’s highlighted biography in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and you can read an online account of his life here.
Westcott is probably most well known for his joint-editorship of the Westcott & Hort Greek NT, a landmark work in the history of NT textual criticism. But, as the online biography shows, he made many other contributions to scholarship, Cambridge University, and the Church of England.
(Thanks to my colleague, David Reimer, for tipping me off to the date and the ODNB online article.)