H.D. ‘Dick’ Dickinson was born in London on 25 March 1899, the son of a professional engineer who was also a biographer of early engineers. He died in Bristol on 11 July 1969. Educated at King's College, Wimbledon and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Dickinson graduated in economics in 1921 and in history in 1922. He was a research student at the London School of Economics between 1922 and 1924, his PhD thesis forming the basis of his first book, Institutional Revenue (1932). He taught at Leeds University from 1924 to 1947, being promoted from assistant lecturer to lecturer, and then to reader in the history of economic thought. A lifelong socialist, Dickinson was an active member of the Fabian Society and an enthusiastic tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association. In 1947 he moved to Bristol University, where he was promoted to professor in 1951. After his retirement in 1964 he was briefly temporary professor at Queen's University, Belfast.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.