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Francis Edgeworth

AKA Francis Ysidro Edgeworth

Born: 8-Feb-1845
Birthplace: Edgeworthstown, Ireland
Died: 13-Feb-1926
Location of death: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Cause of death: Illness
Remains: Buried, Holywell Cemetery, Oxford, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Mathematician, Economist

Nationality: Ireland
Executive summary: Pure Theory of Taxation

Economist, lawyer, mathematician and statistician Francis Edgeworth published a series of papers exploring methods to estimate correlation coefficients, and devised the well-respected Pure Theory of Taxation. His work on contracts and barter helped form Martin Shubik's subsequent concept of game theory. Edgeworth was the founding editor of Economic Journal, succeeded in 1926 by John Maynard Keynes. He never married, but calculated a mathematical formula that he claimed proved men have a greater capacity for work and pleasure than women. He was the nephew of author Maria Edgeworth, and a long-time friend of economist William Stanley Jevons. Named Ysidro Francis Edgeworth at birth, he intentionally transposed his first and middle names.

Father: Francis Beaufort Edgeworth (poet, b. 1809, d. 1846)
Mother: Rosa Florentina Eroles (m. 19-Dec-1831, d. 1849)
Brother: Antonio Eroles Edgeworth

    High School: Trinity College Dublin
    University: BA Literature & Humanities, Oxford University (1869)
    Teacher: Logic, King's College London (1880-88)
    Professor: Political Economics, King's College London (1888-90)
    Professor: Economic Science, King's College London (1888-91)
    Professor: Political Economy, Oxford University (1891-1922)

    RSS Guy Medal in Gold 1907
    Economic Journal Co-Founder & Editor (1891-1926)
    Royal Economic Society Secretary (1890-92)
    Royal Statistical Society President (1912-14)
    Irish Ancestry Paternal
    Spanish Ancestry Maternal

Author of books:
Methods of Statistics (1885)


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