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Abrams, Mark Alexander [formerly Max Alexander Abramowitz] (1906–1994), social scientist, was born at 57 Balfour Road, Edmonton, London, on 27 April 1906, one of eight children born to Abraham (Abram) Abramowitz, also known as Abramovich or Abrams, and his wife, Annie (Hannah), ...

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Beales, Hugh Lancelot (1889–1988), economist and social historian, born at Sedbergh, Yorkshire, on 18 February 1889, was the son of William Beales, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Zaida Mary Ann Elizabeth Scantlebury Green. He grew up in a radical political household. He was sent to the ...

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Beer, (Anthony) Stafford (1926–2002), management cybernetician, was born on 25 September 1926 at 48 Fernhurst Road, Fulham, London, the elder son of William John Beer (1900–1976), statistician and clerk for Lloyds Register of Shipping, and his wife, Doris Ethel, née Rose (1900–1993). He was educated at ...

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Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, second baronet (1766–1809), insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor, was born at Ashtead, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Robert Eden (created a baronet in 1776), governor of Maryland, and grandson of Sir Robert Eden, ...

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Hall, Charles (1745?–1825?), social and economic theorist, was probably the Carolus Hall, Anglus, who became a student at the University of Leiden on 30 May 1765. He later took the degree of MD, and in 1785 published The Medical Family Instructor, with an Appendix on Canine Madness...

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Hilton, John (1880–1943), social scientist and broadcaster, was born at 14 Rumworth Street, Bolton, Lancashire, on 28 December 1880, the first son and the last of seven children of John Hilton (b. 1841) and his wife, Mary, née Bowden. He avoided much of the poverty that the rest of his family had had to endure. His father had risen steadily from spindle polisher to become ...

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Hobson, John Atkinson (1858–1940), social theorist and economist, was born on 6 July 1858 at Iron Gate, Derby, the second son of William Hobson (1825–1897), founder, editor, and part proprietor of the Derbyshire Advertiser and twice mayor of Derby, and his wife, Josephine Atkinson...

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John Atkinson Hobson (1858–1940) by unknown photographer British Library of Political and Economic Science

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Jowell, Sir Roger Mark (1942–2011), social statistician, was born on 26 March 1942 in Cape Town, South Africa, the younger son of Jack Jowell (1906–1991), director of a company making ladies' clothing, and his wife, Emily, née Katzenellenbogen (1909–2000). His family were Jewish although ...

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Rowntree, (Benjamin) Seebohm (1871–1954), sociologist and businessman, was born at Bootham, St Olave Marygate, York, on 7 July 1871, the second son of Joseph Rowntree (1836–1925), who then described himself as a master grocer but later became a successful cocoa and chocolate manufacturer, and his second wife, ...

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(Benjamin) Seebohm Rowntree (1871–1954) by Jane Bown, 1952 Jane Bown / Camera Press, London

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Smith, Brian Abel- (1926–1996), economist and social policy analyst, was born on 6 November 1926 at 24 Kensington Court Gardens, London, the younger son of Brigadier-General Lionel Abel Abel-Smith (1870–1946), officer in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, Genevieve Lilac, née Walsh, daughter of ...

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Brian Abel- Smith (1926–1996) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd