Edward Glover was born in 1888, the third of three sons. He studied medicine at Glasgow University, and after graduation worked in Glasgow and London in paediatrics, surgery and pulmonary medicine. Glover went to Berlin to be analysed by Karl Abraham, and in 1921 he became a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society.
Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, Glover showed intense antagonism toward Melanie Klein and her theories. He was allied with Klein’s daughter, Melitta Schmideberg (who he had analysed), and together with Anna Freud they sought to dismantle Klein’s influence and regard in the British Society. Glover and Shmideberg were the most vituperative of Klein’s attackers, and the turmoil within the Society only began to fade when Glover eventually resigned from the British Society in 1944. This was finally the end of the Controversial Discussions, but in parting Glover claimed that the Society was no longer Freudian (i.e. no longer properly analytic).
Glover was long interested, like Melitta Schmideberg, in delinquency and criminology, founding or co-founding: the Portman Clinic, the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency, the British Journal of Criminology, and the British Society of Criminology.
He died in 1972, at the age of 84.