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Alfred William Flux

(1867—1942) economist, statistician, and civil servant


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Alfred Flux was born in Portsmouth on 8 April 1867 and died of pneumonia in Ladeplatts, Zealand, Denmark, on 16 July 1942. The son of a journeyman cement maker, he was educated at Portsmouth grammar school and entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1884 as a minor scholar. He was bracketed first, or Senior wrangler, in Cambridge University's mathematical tripos of 1887 and was elected a fellow of his college in 1889. Doubtless encouraged by Alfred marshall, the leading light in Cambridge economics and also a fellow of St John's, Flux's interests seem to have turned rapidly from mathematics to economics. However, little is known of his activities or intellectual avocations prior to his leaving Cambridge in 1893 for Manchester, where he taught economics as Cobden lecturer (and later Jevons professor) at Owens College.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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