Who was the real-life genius who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's famous creation?
Who was the real-life genius who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's famous creation?
Who was the real-life genius who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous creation?

From Jeremy Brett‘s mercurial depressive to Benedict Cumberbatch‘s high-functioning sociopath, we’ve seen many different takes on Arthur Conan Doyle‘s brilliant but complicated sleuth. But did you know that Sherlock Holmes was based on a real-life man who had skills as formidable as Conan Doyle’s creation? Our host Siobhan Thompson looks at the professor who provided inspiration for one of literature’s most vividly idiosyncratic heroes in Episode 3 of our new YouTube series. Watch and be dazzled. (Subscribe for more episodes.)

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.