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Malthus, Thomas Robert (1766–1834)

The political economist thomas robert malthus was born on February 13, 1766, at Wotton, Surrey, England. He was known as Robert Malthus. Taught by radical thinkers, including his father, and at the famous dissenting academy at Warrington, near Liverpool, Malthus then entered Jesus College, Cambridge (1784–88), where he studied under the radical William Frend. Malthus graduated with a B.A. degree and as ninth wrangler (ninth-best mathematician in the university) in 1788. He earned his M.A. degree in 1791 and became a fellow of his college (1793–1804). After being ordained in the Church of England (deacon 1789, priest 1791), he held various curacies and livings and was a conscientious and pious priest. In 1804, Malthus married Harriet Eckersall (1776–1864); they had three children. In 1805 ...

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