Professor F. M. Balfour, of Trinity College, Cambridge, Hon. LL.D. of the University of Glasgow, who lost his life while attempting the ascent of Mont Blanc, was born in 1851, a younger son of the late Mr. James Maitland Balfour, of Wittinghame, Berwickshire, entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1870, and graduated in the Natural Sciences Tripos, second in the First Class. The next year he was elected Fellow of his College, and soon acquired distinction in biology, not only as a teacher, but as an original investigator. In 1878 be because a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1881 was awarded a medal for his researches in embryology and comparative anatomy. His final appointment was to the Professorship of Animal Morphology. Professor Balfour was President of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, and one of the Secretaries of the British Association.
Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2257—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, August 5, 1882, p.150