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Donald Norman Winch, FRHistS, FBA (15 April 1935 – 12 June 2017) was a British economist and academic. He was Professor of the History of Economics at the University of Sussex from 1969 to 2000, and its Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Social Studies) from 1986 to 1989.[1][2]

Donald Winch
BornDonald Norman Winch
(1935-04-15)15 April 1935
London, England
Died12 June 2017(2017-06-12) (aged 82)
EducationSutton Grammar School
Alma materLondon School of Economics
Princeton University
OccupationEconomist, academic


Early life and educationEdit

Winch was born on 15 April 1935 to Sidney and Iris Winch.[1] He was educated at Sutton Grammar School, an all-boys state grammar school in London.[1] Having received state scholarship,[3] he studied economics at the London School of Economics, University of London, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1956.[1] He won scholarship to study at Princeton University,[3] completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1960.[1]

Academic careerEdit

After teaching at the University of California (1959 to 1960), and at the University of Edinburgh (1960 to 1963), Winch joined the University of Sussex.[1][2] He was a lecturer in economics from 1963 to 1966, Reader in Economics from 1966 to 1969, and Professor of the History of Economics from 1969 to 2000.[1] He also served as Dean of the School of Social Sciences from 1968 to 1974, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Social Studies) from 1986 to 1989.[1][3] He retired from full-time academia in 2000, and was appointed professor emeritus.[1][4]

Later lifeEdit

Winch died on 12 June 2017, aged 82.[4]


In 1986, Winch was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[2] He was also an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).[1]

Selected worksEdit

  • Howson, Susan; Winch, Donald (1977). The Economic Advisory Council, 1930–1939: A Study in Economic Advice during Depression and Recovery. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521211383.
  • Winch, Donald (1978). Adam Smith's politics: an essay in historiographic revision. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521218276.
  • Collini, Stefan; Winch, Donald; Burrow, John (1983). That Noble Science of Politics: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521257626.
  • Winch, Donald (1987). Malthus. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0192876539.
  • Winch, Donald (1996). Riches and Poverty: An Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain, 1750–1834. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521551052.
  • Winch, Donald (2009). Wealth and life: essays on the intellectual history of political economy in Britain, 1848–1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521887533.
  • Winch, Donald (2013). Malthus: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199670413.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 'WINCH, Prof. Donald Norman', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 18 June 2017
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Donald Winch". British Academy. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Obituary: Donald Winch (1935-2017)". University of Sussex. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b Collini, Stefan (23 June 2017). "Donald Winch obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2017.