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Professor Barry Supple FBA

Economic History (Economics)

About this Fellow

Barry Supple is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge. He was educated at Hackney Downs Grammar School, the London School of Economics, and the University of Cambridge. he held academic posts at the Harvard Business School (1955-60), McGill University (1960-62) and the Universities of Sussex (1962-78), Oxford (1978-81) and Cambridge (1981-93) He was elected to the Academy in 1987 and served as Foreign Secretary from 1995 to 1999. He was Director of the Leverhulme Trust (1993-2001), and Principal Consultant to the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund (2001-2007). He was Master of St Catharine's College Cambridge (1984-93). He was awarded a CBE in 1999. Research: early modern English commercial fluctuations, modern economic performance, economic policy, business history.



Current post

  • Professor Emeritus of Economic History, University of Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Economics and Social History, School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 1962 - 1978
  • Reader in Recent Social and Economic History, University of Oxford, 1978 - 1981
  • Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge, 1981 - 1993
  • Director, Leverhulme Trust, Unknown Unknown, 1993 - 2001
  • Professor Emeritus of Economic History, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, 1981

British Academy Appointments

  • Foreign Secretary, 1995 - 1999
  • Member of Council, 1989 - 1992


Commercial crisis and change in England, 1600-1642. A study in the instability of a mercantile economy 1959

The Royal Exchange Assurance: a history of British insurance, 1720-1970 1970

The political economy of decline: Vol IV of the history of the British Coal Industry 1913-46. 1987

Doors Open 2008

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