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 2,857,255 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Thomas Robert Malthus is the 5th most popular economist (down from 4th in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 4th most popular 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 5 out of 315Before him are Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and David Ricardo. After him are John Stuart Mill, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Vilfredo Pareto, Joseph Schumpeter, François Quesnay, and Alfred Marshall.

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

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 53 out of 7,765Before him are Daniel Defoe (1660), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900), David Ricardo (1772), Charles, Prince of Wales (1948), John Major (1943), and Oliver Cromwell (1599). After him are Alfred the Great (849), Cecil Rhodes (1853), John Stuart Mill (1806), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), Richard Burton (1925), and William Wallace (1270).

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Among economists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Robert Malthus ranks 4Before him are Adam Smith (1723), John Maynard Keynes (1883), and David Ricardo (1772). After him are John Stuart Mill (1806), Alfred Marshall (1842), John Law (1671), William Petty (1623), Ronald Coase (1910), Benjamin Graham (1894), John Hicks (1904), and William Stanley Jevons (1835).