Lance Beales was born on 18 February 1889, the third son of the Reverend W. Beales, and died on 19 April 1988. He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, and at the University of Manchester. After his initial post as a lecturer in economic history at the University of Sheffield 1919–26) he moved to London, where he taught economic history at the London School of Economics, and was promoted to a readership in 1931. Beales edited Agenda, the LSE’s war-time journal of reconstruction. He remained at the LSE until his retirement in 1956. In the 1950s he held several visiting professorships at American universities, including Columbia (1954–5), Harvard (1956) and Washington (1959). He was made an honorary doctor of letters by Exeter University in 1969 and by Sheffield in 1971, and was elected to an honorary fellowship at the LSE in the latter year.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.