People

Meet some of the people from LSE’s past.

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    “No greater living authority upon railway economics and statistics” – Sir William Acworth

“No greater living authority upon railway economics and statistics” – Sir William Acworth

A sign of LSE’s engagement with contemporary life was its early courses in railway economics and administration designed for railway administrators. Sue Donnelly, LSE Archivist, investigates the career of Sir William Acworth, one of the School’s first teachers.

In 1895, LSE’s prospectus listed a series of six lectures on Thursdays at 6.30 beginning on 31 October to be given by […]

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    A Commitment to Welfare – the impact of Richard Titmuss on health and social policy

A Commitment to Welfare – the impact of Richard Titmuss on health and social policy

On Thursday 22 October 2020, the Departments of Health Policy and Social Policy hosted a celebration of Professor John Stewart’s recent biography of Richard Titmuss, A Commitment to Welfare.

Having joined LSE in 1950, Richard Titmuss was a pioneer of social policy research and an influential figure in Britain’s post-war welfare debates. He almost single-handedly created the academic field […]

The Reluctant Founder – G Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The writer, polemicist and vegetarian G Bernard Shaw is the best known of the School’s founding group, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. He is the only LSE person to have won both the Nobel Prize for Literature and an Oscar – for his screen play for Pygmalion. But how important was Shaw in the founding of LSE?

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Pamela Pigeon – “doing a special job”

On 1 November 2019 GCHQ, the intelligence and security agency responsible for providing communications intelligence to the government and armed forces, marked its centenary. For the first time GCHQ revealed the role of five previously unrevealed sites across the UK in the history of British intelligence. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, investigates the LSE career of one woman destined to […]

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    A PhD student at LSE – Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-1997)

A PhD student at LSE – Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-1997)

Despite never holding an academic post Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood was a well known and respected historian and public intellectual. “The King’s War” and “The King’s Peace”, published in the 1950s, were widely read by the general public introducing many to the history of the English Civil War. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, investigates Wedgwood’s time as a PhD student […]

An American in London – Harold D Lasswell at LSE in 1923

Terhi Rantanen, Professor of Global Media and Communications paints a picture of the School in the 1920s through the eyes of Harold D Lasswell, an American PhD student and later the founder of comparative communication studies.

Harold D Lasswell (1902-1979), once a world-renowned political scientist and a founder of comparative communication studies, was also one of those US academics who […]

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    A controversial appointment – Jessy Mair, School Secretary, 1920-1939

A controversial appointment – Jessy Mair, School Secretary, 1920-1939

When William Beveridge arrived at LSE in 1919 he was joined by Jessy Mair, his private secretary at the Ministry of Munitions. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, takes a look at their controversial relationship as Director and School Secretary.

Janet (Jessy) Thomson Philip was born in Dundee on 26 November 1876. She left Dundee High School with the highest marks in […]

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    In the archives – Eduard Rosenbaum: émigré and librarian

In the archives – Eduard Rosenbaum: émigré and librarian

Graham Camfield, former LSE Librarian and historian, writes about Eduard Rosenbaum, Acquisitions Librarian in the LSE Library, who arrived at LSE from Nazi Germany, with the support of the Academic Assistance Council to leave Nazi Germany.

In July 1935 the new Assistant Librarian in charge of library acquisitions was introduced to LSE colleagues as “an economist of standing and a […]

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    A student of good character – Sylvanus Olympio: first President of Togo

A student of good character – Sylvanus Olympio: first President of Togo

In 1925 Sylvanus Olympio graduated from LSE with a B Commerce degree and started work for the United Africa Company in Nigeria, writes LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly. In 1961 he was elected as the first President of Togo.

Olympio was born in 1902 coming from a well-connected Brazilian-African family. His father Epiphanio Olympio ran a trading house in Agoué (now part […]

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    Harold Cecil Edey’s peculiar one-act play about the calculation of income

Harold Cecil Edey’s peculiar one-act play about the calculation of income

Harold Cecil Edey (1913–2007) joined the Department of Accounting as a Lecturer in 1949 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1980. And, during his thirty-year tenure at the LSE, Edey served as the School’s first Pro-Director in 1967. Today, a portrait of Edey by Sara Rossberg hangs on the walls of the Department of Accounting on the third floor […]