Thomas Robert Malthus

1766 - 1834

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Thomas Robert Malthus (; 13/14 February 1766 – 23 December 1834) was an English cleric, scholar and influential economist in the fields of political economy and demography.In his 1798 book An Essay on the Principle of Population, Malthus observed that an increase in a nation's food production improved the well-being of the population, but the improvement was temporary because it led to population growth, which in turn restored the original per capita production level. In other words, humans had a propensity to utilize abundance for population growth rather than for maintaining a high standard of living, a view that has become known as the "Malthusian trap" or the "Malthusian spectre". Populations had a tendency to grow until the lower class suffered hardship, want and greater susceptibility to famine and disease, a view that is sometimes referred to as a Malthusian catastrophe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Robert Malthus has received more than 2,508,510 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Thomas Robert Malthus is the 4th most popular economist (up from 6th in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 60th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Economist.

Thomas Robert Malthus is most famous for his theory that population growth will always outpace food production.

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Among economists, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 4 out of 315Before him are Karl Marx, Adam Smith, and John Maynard Keynes. After him are John Stuart Mill, David Ricardo, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Vilfredo Pareto, Joseph Schumpeter, Alfred Marshall, and François Quesnay.

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Among people born in 1766, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 2Before him is John Dalton. After him are Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Germaine de Staël, Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, Nikolay Karamzin, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, William Hyde Wollaston, Dominique Jean Larrey, Rodolphe Kreutzer, and Maine de Biran. Among people deceased in 1834, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 1After him are Friedrich Schleiermacher, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Pedro I of Brazil, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sunjo of Joseon, Alois Senefelder, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar, Karl Ludwig Harding, William Carey, and François-Adrien Boieldieu.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 54 out of 6,924Before him are Robert Hooke (1635), Lord Byron (1788), Thomas More (1478), Sean Connery (1930), Francis Drake (1540), and Cecil Rhodes (1853). After him are Lewis Carroll (1832), Oliver Cromwell (1599), Virginia Woolf (1882), John Stuart Mill (1806), Richard Burton (1925), and Charles, Prince of Wales (1948).

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Among economists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 3Before him are Adam Smith (1723) and John Maynard Keynes (1883). After him are John Stuart Mill (1806), David Ricardo (1772), Alfred Marshall (1842), John Law (1671), William Petty (1623), Ronald Coase (1910), John Hicks (1904), Benjamin Graham (1894), and William Stanley Jevons (1835).