King's School, Macclesfield and Peterhouse, Cambridge.
Wrigley and Peter Laslett co-founded the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in 1964. Wrigley's scholarly works focus on demographic history, and the long-term causes and effects of urbanization and industrialization. Among his many publications, Wrigley is known for the book Continuity, Chance and Change, published in 1988, in which he explained why Malthus was wrong about the law of diminishing returns slowing population growth.
His most celebrated work, however, is The Population History of England, 1541-1871, published in 1981 with co-author Roger S. Schofield. He was Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1994 until 2000, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1980, serving as president from 1997 to 2001. He was the recipient of the 2005 Leverhulme Medal and Prize awarded by the British Academy.
Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton 1970-1971.
Married Maria Laura Spelberg in 1960.