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Sir Alexander Morris Carr Saunders

(1886—1966) sociologist and academic administrator


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Carr-Saunders was born on 14 January 1886 in Reigate, Surrey. He died on the night of 6 October 1966 after trying, at the age of eighty, to push his car uphill following a breakdown at Thirlmere in his beloved Lake District. He was one of five children, and the youngest by some fifteen years, of a wealthy underwriter, James Carr-Saunders, and his wife Flora. A sister married Admiral Sir John Slade, and their youngest daughter became Gandhi's disciple Mira Behn. Carr-Saunders was quietly proud of his descent from Roger Morris, the eighteenth-century architect and after whom he was named. He also felt an affinity with his great-uncle William Wilson Saunders, who was elected to the Royal Society for his studies in entomology, and Edward Saunders, who was also an entomologist and an FRS. In 1929 Carr-Saunders married Teresa Molyneux-Seel and they had three children, Edmund, Flora and Nicholas. Apart from the considerable achievements described below, he also had a lifelong interest in both mountaineering and farming.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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