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Brass, William [Bill] (1921–1999), demographer and statistician, was born in Edinburgh on 5 September 1921, the only son and second of the three children of John Brass (1892–1962), engineer, and his wife, Margaret Tait, née Haig (1893–1968), dressmaker. Family circumstances were not easy: his father was gassed in the First World War and never fully recovered. Compulsory attendance at Presbyterian services during childhood had no enduring effect, although the other family commitment, to the ...

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Glass, David Victor (1911–1978), sociologist and demographer, was born in the East End of London on 2 January 1911, the elder child of Philip Glass, a journeyman tailor who was the son of immigrants from eastern Europe, and his wife, Dinah Rosenberg. He was educated at a public elementary school and ...

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Grebenik, Eugene (1919–2001), demographer, was born in Kiev, Ukraine, on 20 July 1919, the only son and elder child of Schulim Grebenik (1887–1972), estate agent, and his wife, Lea Helene, née Lopatizkaya (1894–1985), a qualified lawyer. Both parents were of Jewish descent. He had a younger sister, ...

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Heysham, John (1753–1834), physician and demographer, was born on 22 November 1753 in Lancaster, the son of Gyles Heysham, shipowner, and Anne Cumming, daughter of a substantial yeoman ‘statesman farmer’ of Holme, Westmorland. The Heyshams were a junior branch of the Cornet (later Gernet)...

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Kuczynski, Robert Rene (1876–1947), demographer, was born in Berlin on 12 August 1876, the son of Wilhelm Kuczynski, a banker, and his wife, Lucy Brandeis. He attended the French Gymnasium in Berlin and later the universities of Freiburg, Strasbourg, Berlin, and Munich. He was a student of ...

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Postlethwayt, James (d. 1761), writer on finance and demography, may have been a brother of Malachy Postlethwayt (c. 1707–1767) but nothing else is known about his origins. In 1759 he published The history of the public revenue from the revolution in 1688 to Christmas 1753, with an appendix completing the same to Christmas 1758...

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Richard Price (1723–1791) by Thomas Holloway, pubd 1793 (after Benjamin West, 1788) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Price, Richard (1723–1791), philosopher, demographer, and political radical, was born on 23 February 1723 at Tyn-ton, in the parish of Llangeinor, in the county of Glamorgan, the only son and eldest of three children of Rice Price (1673–1739) and his second wife, Catherine (1697–1740)...

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Thompson, Jean Helen (1926–1992), demographer and civil servant, was born on 2 December 1926 at Inverisla, 22 Kenton Lane, Kenton, Middlesex, the elder of the two daughters of Arthur Thompson (1890–1977), an electrical engineer, of Kenton, and his wife, Jane Davidson, née McGill (1895–1987)...

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Jean Helen Thompson (1926–1992) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London