Kirsopp Lake (1872-1946) was a British biblical and patristic scholar. He was born in Southampton, died in South Pasadena, California. After ordination he was curate of St. Mary the Virgin (Oxford), from 1897 to 1904 when he became a professor of early Christian literature at the University of Leiden (until 1913). After 1914 he was a professor of early Christian literature at Harvard University, and took this position until his retirement in 1938. Lake was also interested in archaeology and participated in many expeditions to the Near East. He visited Mount Sinai, Mount Athos, Turkey, and Iraq. His excavations were cut short by World War II. In the early 20th century, Lake discovered a textual family of New Testament manuscripts known as Family 1 (also known as Lake group). To this family belong minuscules: 1, 118, 131, and 209. He also examined textual family Family ?, and compared its text with text Codex Alexandrinus. His works include: The Text of the New Testament (1900), The Early Days of Monasticism on Mount Athos (1909) and Immortality and the Modern Mind (1922).