Beesley was born in the Birmingham suburb of Edgbaston on 3 July 1924, the son of Edwin and Kathleen Beesley. He died on 24 September 1999, in University College Hospital, London, after a Short illness. His father was a manager at the engineering firm of Stewart and Lloyd. His schooling at King Edwards Grammar School, Five Ways, Birmingham, was interrupted when he was knocked down by a bus at the age of thirteen. The main damage was to his leg, and he remained disabled and often in pain throughout his life. He exhibited great fortitude in the face of this disability and determined to live a normal life, playing cricket, golf and table tennis with flair and enthusiasm. He was later to say that the accident changed his career from sportsman to scholar. He took a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Birmingham University, graduating with first-class honours in 1945. Rejecting the offer to stay on for a PhD, he worked in a jewellery business for a year, acquiring practical experience in costing and pricing, as well as other valuable knowledge.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.