Thomas Robert Malthus

1766 - 1834

Thomas Robert Malthus

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 populace, 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 2,301,608 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 6th most popular economist.

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Among economists, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 6 out of 288Before him are Karl Marx, Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, David Ricardo, and John Stuart Mill. After him are Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Vilfredo Pareto, Joseph Schumpeter, Alfred Marshall, and Hjalmar Schacht.

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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, William Hyde Wollaston, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Nikolay Karamzin, Rodolphe Kreutzer, Maine de Biran, and Dominique Jean Larrey. Among people deceased in 1834, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 1After him are Pedro I of Brazil, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sunjo of Joseon, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar, Alois Senefelder, Karl Ludwig Harding, Husein Gradaščević, and François-Adrien Boieldieu.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 60 out of 5,347Before him are Ivar the Boneless (900), Richard Burton (1925), Alfred the Great (849), John Stuart Mill (1806), Virginia Woolf (1882), and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900). After him are J. M. W. Turner (1775), Edward Jenner (1749), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Ragnar Lodbrok (null), John Dee (1527), and William of Ockham (1285).

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Among economists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 5Before him are Adam Smith (1723), John Maynard Keynes (1883), David Ricardo (1772), and John Stuart Mill (1806). After him are Alfred Marshall (1842), John Law (1671), William Petty (1623), Ronald Coase (1910), John Hicks (1904), Benjamin Graham (1894), and William Stanley Jevons (1835).