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Sir Tony Wrigley (1949)

Sir Tony Wrigley (1949) died in February 2022, aged 90. After being evacuated to N Wales during the 2nd World War, Tony gained a Scholarship from King’s to Peterhouse, Cambridge, and duly emerged with firsts in both the history and geography triposes, before then accepting a fellowship at the University of Chicago. He then went on to become one of the school’s most decorated and highly-respected academics. His field was primarily population history, and he was revolutionary in that he introduced a completely new way of researching history, via parish registers. A lecturer in the Geography department at Cambridge 1958-74, Tony was instrumental in founding the now world-famous Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in 1964, which is still flourishing and attracts scholars in many disciplines from around the world, who continue to build on Tony’s revolutionary work. His academic publications were legion, and he went on to hold the posts of Professor of Population Studies at LSE, Professor of Economic History at Cambridge and Master of Corpus Christi College at Cambridge. He was knighted in 1996, and president of the British Academy 1997-2001.

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