C. K. Ogden (1889-1957)
Charles Kay Ogden was one of the most remarkable figures in English intellectual life in the early twentieth century, distinguishing himself as a philosopher, psychologist, linguist, editor, art critic, antiquarian bookseller, antique dealer, and expert on musical boxes, but remaining an outsider and eccentric. He was the founder of the Cambridge Heretics and the Cambridge Magazine, the co-translator of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, the co-author of The Meaning of Meaning, the organizer of the Orthological Institute, the inventor of Basic English, and the editor of the Library of Psychology, Philosophy and Scientific Method, and the History of Civilisation series and the Today and Tomorrow series. He also took an independent stand on such issues as women's rights, workers' control, war and religion.
From: P. Sargant Florence/ J.R.L. Anderson (eds.), C.K. Ogden. A Collective Memoir. London, Pemberton, 1977.