John Wiseman

(1919—1991) economist

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Wiseman was born in the Lancashire district of Brierfield near Burnley on 22 December 1919, and died in York on 20 January 1991. He was the youngest of six surviving children, all living in a ‘two-up and two-down house’. His father was a foreman at the local Co-operative Society coalyard, and his mother started work in the mill at the age of eleven. Educated at Nelson Grammar School (he was one of only three children in his year to pass the scholarship examination), Wiseman left school at the age of fifteen and started clerical work at the age of seventeen. He first encountered economics at evening class in Burnley. He was awarded a scholarship to study for a degree on a part-time basis at London School of Economics, which he planned to start in October 1939. The Second World War intervened and he joined an infantry unit of the Territorial Army, ensuring immediate mobilization on 1 September 1939. His Lancastrian regiment was disbanded and he was transferred to the King's Own Scottish Borderers. Following the war, in October 1946, Wiseman entered the LSE as a full-time student, where he was taught by such eminent figures as robbins, hayek and Coase. He graduated in 1949, married his first wife, Jeanne, in September (they had one Child, Susan) and was appointed to a one-year assistant lectureship at LSE, where he remained until 1964. At the age of thirty-four, he was appointed as lecturer in economics at the LSE and then reader in 1962.


From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.

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