William Beveridge

1879 - 1963

Photo of William Beveridge

Icon of person William Beveridge

William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge, (5 March 1879 – 16 March 1963) was a British economist and Liberal politician who was a progressive, social reformer, and eugenicist who played a central role in designing the British welfare state. His 1942 report Social Insurance and Allied Services (known as the Beveridge Report) served as the basis for the welfare state put in place by the Labour government elected in 1945. He built his career as an expert on unemployment insurance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Beveridge has received more than 580,330 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). William Beveridge is the 149th most popular economist (down from 116th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Bangladesh (down from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Bangladeshi Economist.

William Beveridge is most famous for his report on the five giants of want, which was published in 1942. The report identified five "giant evils" that were the major obstacles to achieving full employment: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease.

Memorability Metrics

  • 580k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 57.67

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.95

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.88

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among economists, William Beveridge ranks 149 out of 414Before him are James Heckman, Vernon L. Smith, Gustav von Schmoller, Christopher A. Pissarides, Bengt Holmström, and Jeffrey Sachs. After him are Robert F. Engle, Benedetto Cotrugli, Walt Whitman Rostow, Peter Diamond, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and Michał Kalecki.

Most Popular Economists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1879, William Beveridge ranks 61Before him are Max Emmerich, Hisaichi Terauchi, Alfred Korzybski, Nikolai Medtner, Margaret Sanger, and Hans Hahn. After him are Mark Sykes, Vladko Maček, Aleksandar Tsankov, William Fox, Hovannes Adamian, and Bernhard Schmidt. Among people deceased in 1963, William Beveridge ranks 45Before him are Sivananda Saraswati, Eduard Spranger, Sylvanus Olympio, Gustave Garrigou, Alois Hudal, and Remedios Varo. After him are Karl von Terzaghi, Herbert Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel, Ferenc Fricsay, William Carlos Williams, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, and Fritz Reiner.

Others Born in 1879

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1963

Go to all Rankings

In Bangladesh

Among people born in Bangladesh, William Beveridge ranks 9 out of 74Before him are Sri Chinmoy (1931), Atiśa (982), Sheikh Hasina (1947), Abdul Hamid (1944), Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858), and Chandragupta I (250). After him are Mohammed Shahabuddin (1949), Begum Rokeya (1880), Zillur Rahman (1929), Ziaur Rahman (1936), Chittaranjan Das (1869), and Meghnad Saha (1893).

Among ECONOMISTS In Bangladesh

Among economists born in Bangladesh, William Beveridge ranks 1After him are Fakhruddin Ahmed (1940).