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Josiah Charles Stamp

(1880—1941) statistician and business administrator


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Stamp was born in Kilburn, London on 21 June 1880, the third of seven children of Charles Stamp, an up-and-coming shopkeeper, and his wife Clara Jane (née Evans), the daughter of a Welsh veterinary surgeon now settled in Southwark. He died at his home in Shortlands, Kent on 16 April 1941 when his house was struck by a bomb. His origins were of the insecure middle class, with the family exposed to the standard vicissitudes of the time, and as a Child he suffered from ill health which necessitated his being sent away from London for his secondary education. It was here, at age twelve, that he began his self-education as an economist, writing home to his parents that he was ‘reading political economy, because he thought it would be an important subject’ (Clapham 1941: 454). His schooling, as his family life, was one of religious devotion, and his Christianity, along with his extraordinary geniality, energy and autodidactic capacities, is central to an understanding of his subsequent achievements in economics and public affairs.

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From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.


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