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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 328,550 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. William Petty is the 28th most popular economist (down from 26th in 2019), the 312th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 322nd 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 28 out of 315Before him are John Law, Michael Porter, Joseph Stiglitz, Herbert A. Simon, Simon Kuznets, and Anne Robert Jacques Turgot. After him are Carl Menger, Barack Obama Sr., Klaus Schwab, Alexander Hamilton, Ronald Coase, and Gunnar Myrdal.

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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, Margravine Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg, François de Laval, and Algernon Sidney. 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, Margravine Magdalene Sibylle of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Nell Gwyn, Henry More, 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 312 out of 7,765Before him are Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Halford Mackinder (1861), Æthelred the Unready (968), Patrick Stewart (1940), John Hurt (1940), and David II of Scotland (1324). After him are Edward Gibbon (1737), Benny Hill (1924), Stanley Matthews (1915), Thomas Andrews (1873), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), and John Herschel (1792).

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), Benjamin Graham (1894), John Hicks (1904), William Stanley Jevons (1835), James Mill (1773), and Arthur Cecil Pigou (1877).