Of those Fellows elected under Statute 12 for services and achievements outside the range of the natural sciences, Quintin Hogg had special claims to be chosen.
The missionary strain to educate ran deep in his family. When his grandfather, the first Quintin Hogg, left Eton he immediately began bible classes for ragged boys under the arches at the Adelphi near Charing Cross. This embryonic educational enterprise grew rapidly. In 1882, when he was not yet 40, he started the first Polytechnic, from which all others took their name, in Regent Street just north of Oxford Circus. The idea was to provide a place where underprivileged men could find an outlet for ‘any healthy desire, physical, spiritual, social, or intellectual, which he possessed’. It was the first university for the underprivileged. Within seven years some 70 000 young men had enrolled. The Polytechnic was in the bloodstream of the Hogg family.