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British Library of Political and Economic Science

NICHOLSON, John Leonard, 1916-1990, statistician


Reference code(s): GB 0097 NICHOLSON

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: NICHOLSON, John Leonard, 1916-1990, statistician

Date(s): [1950-1990]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 126 boxes and 1 large box

Name of creator(s): Nicholson | John Leonard | 1916-1990 | statistician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1916; educated at Stowe School, the Institute of Actuaries and the London School of Economics; Researcher and Lecturer, Oxford University Institute of Statistics, 1941-1946; Statistician, Ministry of Home Security, 1943-1944; Statistician, 1947-1952, and Chief Statistician, 1952-1968, Central Statistical Office, 1947-1968; External Examiner in Statistics, London, 1951-1956, and Manchester, 1958-1960; Simon Research Fellow, Manchester University, 1962-1963; Chief Economic Advisor to the Department of Health and Social Security and to successive Secretaries of State for Social Services, 1968-1976; Associate Professor of Quantitative Economics, Brunel University, 1972-1974; Senior Leverhulme Fellowship, 1977; Senior Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, 1977-1983; Rockefeller Fellowship, 1984; Fellow, Royal Statistical Society, 1940 (Member of Council, 1961-1966); Member, Econometric Society, 1951-1971; died 1990. Publications: Redistribution of Income in the United Kingdom in 1959, 1957 & 1953 (Bowes & Bowes, London, 1965); The interim index of industrial production (HMSO, 1949); The assessment of poverty (HMSO, 1979).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Leonard Nicholson, [1950-1990], relating to his work as a statistician, notably in the Central Statistical Office, and as Economic Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Security.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:

Closed until listed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by STICERD. No documents may be photocopied.

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by the family, via the Suntory-Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), in 1991.


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Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds material relating to John Nicholson in the papers of the Royal Economic Society (Ref: RES 6/1/350).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2001


Personal names
Nicholson | John Leonard | 1916-1990 | statistician

Corporate names
Central Statistical Office
DHSS | Department of Health and Social Security x Department of Health and Social Security