William Petty

1623 - 1687

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Sir William Petty (26 May 1623 – 16 December 1687) was an English economist, physician, scientist and philosopher. He first became prominent serving Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth in Ireland. He developed efficient methods to survey the land that was to be confiscated and given to Cromwell's soldiers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Petty has received more than 342,683 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). William Petty is the 32nd most popular economist (down from 26th in 2019), the 334th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 312th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Economist.

William Petty was a British economist and statistician who is most famous for his contributions to the field of political economy. He was the first person to develop a system of national income accounting.

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Among economists, William Petty ranks 32 out of 414Before him are Henri Fayol, Carl Menger, Simon Kuznets, Michael Porter, Herbert A. Simon, and Barack Obama Sr.. After him are Elinor Ostrom, Ragnar Frisch, Jan Tinbergen, Léon Walras, Wassily Leontief, and Karl Polanyi.

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Among people born in 1623, William Petty ranks 2Before him is Blaise Pascal. After him are Ferdinand Verbiest, Antonio Cesti, Zhu Youlang, Margravine Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, François de Laval, Christian Louis I, Reinier Nooms, and Algernon Sidney. Among people deceased in 1687, William Petty ranks 3Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lully, and Johannes Hevelius. After him are René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Constantijn Huygens, Margravine Magdalene Sibylle of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Nicholas Mercator, Henry More, Nell Gwyn, Laura Martinozzi, Ferdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, and François de Créquy.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Petty ranks 334 out of 8,785Before him are Robbie Coltrane (1950), Halford Mackinder (1861), Graham Greene (1904), Morrissey (1959), William Hogarth (1697), and John Galsworthy (1867). After him are Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887), Norman Haworth (1883), Margaret Tudor (1489), Ecgberht, King of Wessex (800), Ian McShane (1942), and William Baffin (1584).

Among ECONOMISTS In United Kingdom

Among economists born in United Kingdom, William Petty ranks 8Before him are John Maynard Keynes (1883), David Ricardo (1772), Thomas Robert Malthus (1766), John Stuart Mill (1806), Alfred Marshall (1842), and John Law (1671). After him are Ronald Coase (1910), William Stanley Jevons (1835), John Hicks (1904), Benjamin Graham (1894), Arthur Cecil Pigou (1877), and James Mill (1773).