William Petty

1623 - 1687

William Petty

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 196,993 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 26th most popular economist.

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Among economists, William Petty ranks 26 out of 288Before him are Jean-Baptiste Say, Amartya Sen, Barack Obama Sr., Herbert A. Simon, Gunnar Myrdal, and Simon Kuznets. After him are Ronald Coase, Jan Tinbergen, Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, Michael Porter, Wassily Leontief, and Joseph Stiglitz.

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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, Margravine Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg, and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 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, Nicholas Mercator, Henry More, François de Créquy, Laura Martinozzi, Margravine Magdalene Sibylle of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, 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 335 out of 5,347Before him are Marianne Faithfull (1946), Christopher Wren (1632), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), Peter Sellers (1925), Henry Morgan (1635), and William Crookes (1832). After him are Fred Hoyle (1915), Ronald Coase (1910), Syd Barrett (1946), David II of Scotland (1324), Angela Lansbury (1925), and John Everett Millais (1829).

Among ECONOMISTS In United Kingdom

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