NICHOLSON, John Leonard, 1916-1990, statistician

Scope and Content

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.

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).



Access Information

Closed until listed.

Acquisition Information

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

Other Finding Aids


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.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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).