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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Badham, Rev. Charles

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Badham, Rev. Charles, D.D., the son of Charles Badham, M.A., F.R.C.S., F.R.S., Regius Professor of Physics in Glasgow University, by his marriage with Margaret, daughter of John Campbell, a cousin of Thomas Campbell the poet, was born at Ludlow, in Shropshire, on July 18th, 1813, and educated under the celebrated Pestalozzi, and afterwards at Eton. He matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford, in 1831, and graduated B.A. in 1837, taking his M.A. degree in 1839. After spending seven years in Germany and Italy, he was incorporated M.A. of St. Peter's College, Cambridge, ordained deacon in 1847, priest in 1848; appointed Head Master of King Edward's School, Southampton, in 1851, D.D. of Cambridge in 1852, Head Master of the Birmingham and Edgbaston Proprietary School in 1854; received from the University of Leyden the degree of Doctor Literarum Honoris Causâ in 1860; was appointed Examiner in Classics to the University of London in 1863, and in 1867 First Professor of Classics and Logic in the University of Sydney. Dr. Badham was one of the greatest Greek scholars of his time, and had a wide acquaintance with modern languages; but he failed, from faults of temper and lack of method, from gaining the recognition in England to which his talents would have otherwise entitled him. He is said to have known all Greek poetry by heart, and is famed for his scholarly editions of several Greek dramas, and of the "Philibus," the "Euthydemus," and "Laches" of Plato. He died in Sydney on Feb. 26th, 1884.