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Malthus, Thomas Robert

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Born: 1766 AD
Died: 1834 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Economists

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1766 - Born on February in Rookery, near Dorking, Surrey, England. English economist and demographer who is best known for his theory that population growth will always tend to outrun the food supply and that betterment of humankind is impossible without stern limits on reproduction.

1784 - Malthus was educated largely at home until his admission to Jesus College, Cambridge.

1791-1797 - He earned his master of arts degree, was elected a fellow of Jesus College, and took holy orders.

         - His unpublished pamphlet “The Crisis”, supported the newly proposed Poor Laws, which recommended establishing workhouses for the impoverished.

1798 - Malthus published anonymously the first edition of An Essay on the Principle of Population as It Affects the Future Improvement of Society, with Remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers.

1804 - Malthus married Harriet Eckersall.

1805 - Became a professor of history and political economy at the East India Company's college at Haileybury, Hertfordshire.

1811 - Met and became close friends with the economist David Ricardo.

1819 - Malthus was elected a fellow of the Royal Society.

1821 - Joined the Political Economy Club, whose members included Ricardo and James Mill.

1824 - Was elected one of the 10 royal associates of the Royal Society of Literature.

1833 - Was elected to the French Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques and to the Royal Academy of Berlin.

1834 - Malthus was one of the co-founders of the Statistical Society of London.

         - Died on December 23rd in St. Catherine, near Bath, Somerset.


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