Edward Crowley's family had owned Crowley's Ales, and he retired on his inheritance
He lived with his mother at 7 Polworth Road
Crowley briefly attended Malvern College, in 1891–2, and Tonbridge School, in 1892, both of which he found uncongenial.
At the age of twenty Crowley went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study for the natural sciences tripos, and in his leisure time excelled at chess and at mountaineering.
Crowley met members of the London temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a quasi-secret society which had been founded in 1888 and claimed to transmit a species of ancient cabalism. Crowley joined in November 1898 and assumed the magical name of Perdurabo (I will endure).
Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug experimenter and being openly bisexual. He has been called "the wickedest man in the world" and labeled as a Satanist by the popular press.
Crowley has remained a highly influential figure over Western esotericism and the counterculture, and continues to be considered a prophet in Thelema.
(Ronald Decker and Bio.org)