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This volume of autobiography starts with a description of Sydney Chapman'stime at Cambridge, his work as chair of Political Economy at ManchesterUniversity and the general running of the university, the establishment ofthe Workers Educational Association, his work in investigating the cottonmills of Lancashire, his work at the Board of Trade and the ReservedOccupations Committee during World War I and after and becoming chiefeconomic advisor to the government.

He also goes into great detail about European economic reconstruction afterWorld War I, the work of the Economic Consultative Committee of the League ofNations, the teaching methods of various economists, general economic theory,philosophy, methodology in economics and tariff reform.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Sydney John Chapman 1871 - 1951.

Sir John Chapman was born in Wells, Norfolk and educated at ManchesterGrammar School, Owens College, Manchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. Heobtained a first class degree in the moral sciences and became a lecturer ineconomic and political science at University College, Cardiff from 1899 -1901. He moved back to Manchester in 1901 and was professor of politicaleconomy at Owens College, 1901 - 1917 and later Dean of the Faculty ofCommerce and Administration, 1904 - 1917.

During World War I Chapman was made Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trade,1918 - 1919 and after the war became Permanent Secretary, 1920 - 1927. Hisexpertise was recognised when he was made Chief Economic Advisor to thegovernment 1927 - 1932. He was knighted in 1920.

Chapman was a member of various official committees on trade and economics, amember of the Economic Committee of the League of Nations, 1927 - 1932,president in 1930, a member of the Economic Consultative Committee of theLeague of Nations, 1928 - 1932, a member and chairman of the ImperialEconomic Committee, 1931 - 1932 and a member of the Import Duties AdvisoryCommittee, 1932 - 1939.His publications include:

  • The Lancashire Cotton Industry (1904)
  • The Cotton Industry and Trade (1905)
  • Outlines of Political Economy (1911)


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