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Thomas Peter Ruffell Laslett

(1915—2001) historian


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Peter Laslett was born on 18 December 1915 and died in Cambridge on 8 November 2001. The son of a clergyman, he was educated at Watford Grammar School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was a student of Herbert Butterfield. Rather a polymath – if not a maverick or even a renegade – among historians, he was trained in intellectual history, moved on to what he termed the history of population and social structure, co-founded the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in 1964, worked closely with the founding organizers of the Open University, and was one of the founders of the University of the Third Age. In the interim, he had become one of pioneers in the use of computers to analyse historical data. He was CBE and a fellow of the British Academy.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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