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Sir Tony Wrigley FBA

Economic History (Economics) Demography, Epidemiology and Health
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About this Fellow

Born: 17 August 1931, Manchester, England Education: King's School, Macclesfield; University of Cambridge, B.A. (History, 1st class honours, Pts I and II: Geography, 1st class honours, Pt. II) 1952; Ph.D. (1957) Career: Fellow, Peterhouse, Cambridge 1958-74 University Lecturer in Geography, Univ.of Cambridge 1958-74 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton,1970-1 Co-founder, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure 1964 Hinkley Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins Univ., 1975 President, British Society for Population Studies, 1977-9 Tinbergen Visiting Professor, Erasmus Univ., Rotterdam, 1979 Professor of Population Studies, London School of Economics, 1979-88 Editor, Economic History Review, 1986-92 Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1988-94 Professor Economic History, Cambridge, 1994-7 President, Economic History Society, 1995-8 Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1994-2000 Honours: Laureate, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, 1993 Knight Bachelor 1996 (for services to historical demography) Hon. doctorates: Manchester, 1997; Sheffield, 1997; Bristol, 1998; Edinburgh, 1998; Oxford, 1999; Leicester, 2000; Queen Mary 2004. Hon. Fellow, London School of Economics, 1997 Founder's Medal, Royal Geographical Society, 1997 Member, American Philosophical Society, 2001 Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001 Leverhulme Medal, British Academy, 2005



Current post

  • Formerly Master, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Past President of the British Academy

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Population Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1979 - 1988
  • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College University of Oxford, 1988 - 1994
  • Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge, 1994 - 1997
  • Professor of Population Studies 1979-88, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 2012
  • formerly Master, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Past President of the British Academy, Corpus Christi College University of Cambridge, 1994

British Academy Appointments

  • President | Treasurer 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 2001


The path to sustained growth 2016

Industrial growth and population change 1961, Cambridge

Population and history 1969

Continuity, chance and change 1988

Nineteenth century society 1972

Identifying people in the past 1973

Towns in societies 1978

Population history of England 1981

The works of Thomas Robert Malthus 1986

People, cities and wealth 1987

English population history from family reconstitution 1580-1837 1997

Poverty, progress and population 2004

Energy and the English industrial revolution 2010

The early English censuses 2011

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Demography; life course; family and fertility; transition to adulthood; social norms; comparative and cross-national research; social statistics; agent-based modelling

Professor Mary Daly

Comparative welfare state studies; social policies and gender inequality; theorisation and measurement of contemporary poverty; family policies within a comparative perspective; social care in contemporary states and societies; European Union social policies

Professor Anna Vignoles

Economics of education; inequality in education and labour market outcomes, educational efficiency, school and teacher effectiveness, social mobility

Professor Rebecca Henderson

Corporate Strategy; Innovation in firms & economies; technological change; organizational and economic inertia in large organizations; organizational economics; sustainability; corporate governance; purpose driven firms