William Petty

1623 - 1687

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Sir William Petty FRS (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 222,049 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). William Petty is the 26th most popular economist, the 323rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 335th 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 26 out of 315Before him are Barack Obama Sr., Herbert A. Simon, Amartya Sen, Frédéric Passy, Joseph Stiglitz, and Anne Robert Jacques Turgot. After him are Simon Kuznets, Ronald Coase, Friedrich List, Wassily Leontief, Gunnar Myrdal, and Carl Menger.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Petty ranks 323 out of 6,924Before him are George Everest (1790), G. K. Chesterton (1874), Daniel Day-Lewis (1957), Bernie Ecclestone (1930), Frederick Soddy (1877), and Thomas Gainsborough (1727). After him are Percy Fawcett (1867), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), William Henry Bragg (1862), Mary Read (1695), Alexander Pope (1688), and John Ruskin (1819).

Among ECONOMISTS In United Kingdom

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