Bachelor of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1952, 1957.
Fellow, Peterhouse College, University Lector, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, since 1958, 1958-1974. Member, Institute, Institution Advanced Study, Princeton University, 1970-1971. Director, Social Science Research Council, United Kingdom or United States of America Cambridge Group History Population and Social Structure, since 1974.
Hinkley Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 1975. Tinbergen Visiting Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 1979. Professor Population Studies, London School of Economies and Political Science, London, United Kingdom, London, England, since 1979.
Editorial Boards, Cambridge Geographical Studies, 1969-1981, J. Inter disciplinary History, since 1970, Cambridge Stud, in Population, Economics and Society in Past Time.
(1966, hardcover edition, Basic Books, NY. The first title...)
My work has always centred round the phenomenon of the industrial revolution, the phase of fundamental change in economic affairs which for the first time in human history made poverty, so to speak, optional. It was a change which may be defined in economic terms but must be understood by considering matters which extend well beyond economic affairs, and which include investigating the ways in which West European society evolved into something substantially
different from other advanced civilisations. I have been especially interested in the strikingly different demographic history of the West, and especially in the West European marriage pattern, so constituted as to make reproduction and so population growth responsive to fluctuating economic circumstances in a manner not found elsewhere.
This work culminated in the publication of The Population History of England in 1981.1 have, however, also maintained an abiding interest in more ‘conventional’ topics, including urban growth, the triggers and concomitants of technological change, the circumstances in which agricultural productivity increased in the past (beating the Ricardian trap of declining marginal returns), and modernisation theory.