English philologist (b. 24 April 1838 in Whitehaven; d. 9 October 1910 in Cambridge)
He was educated at Repton, Saint Bees School and Christ's College, Cambridge. After a distinguished career (Craven scholar, senior classic and chancellor's medallist), he became fellow and tutor of his college, reader of comparative philology in the university (1884–1891), and in 1887 was elected master of Christ's College. He took a great interest in the higher education of women and became president of Newnham College.
As Vice-Chancellor of Christ's College, Cambridge University, in 1892 he extended an invitation to Tchaikovsky to receive his honorary doctorate.
Correspondence with Tchaikovsky
One letter from Tchaikovsky to John Peile has survived, dating from 1892, which has been translated into English on this website: