Born: Ap­ril 25, 1805, Nor­wich, Eng­land.

Died: Jan­u­ary 11, 1900, Gor­don Square, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: High­gate Ce­me­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.



Martineau was son of a man­u­fac­tur­er and wine mer­chant of Hu­gue­not des­cent.

Af­ter four years at the Norw­ich gram­mar school, two as pu­pil of Dr. Lant Car­pen­ter in Bris­tol, and a short ex­per­i­ence in the shops of a me­chan­i­cal en­gin­eer in Der­by, Mar­tin­eau be­came a di­vin­i­ty stu­dent at Man­ches­ter Col­lege, York.

His first min­is­try was at Eus­tace Street Chapel, Dub­lin (1828–32), as as­sist­ant to his cou­sin, Rev­er­end Phi­lip Tay­lor.

From 1832–57, he was in Liv­er­pool as min­is­ter of the con­gre­ga­tion meet­ing in Par­a­dise Street Cha­pel, and from 1849 in the new Hope Street Church.

In 1840 he was ap­point­ed pro­fess­or of Men­tal and Mor­al Phil­o­so­phy and Po­lit­ic­al Econ­o­my at Man­ches­ter New Col­lege, and in 1857 fol­lowed the col­lege to Lon­don, be­com­ing its Prin­ci­pal in 1869, and re­sign­ing in 1885.

On set­tling in Lon­don, he be­came min­is­ter of Litt­le Port­land Street Cha­pel, first in con­junc­tion with Rev­er­end J. J. Tay­ler, and af­ter­ward alone un­til his res­ig­na­tion in 1872. Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty award­ed Mar­tin­eau the de­gree of DCL in 1888.