However, Quick and G.A.N. Lowndes were the leaders of the Whig school of the history of education. Born in Harrow, London, Quick was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1854 and was ordained the following year. Quirk was the first to lecture at Cambridge on the history of education (1879), to the new teachers" training syndicate.
Quick"s personal library forms what is now the greater part of the Quick Memorial Library collection at the University of London Research library.
Books, pamphlets and periodicals are included, dealing with most aspects of education. Quick married Bertha, daughter of General Chase Parr.