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Peter Mathias, CBE (10 January 1928 – 1 March 2016) was a British economic historian.[1][2] He attended Colston's School and Bristol Grammar School where he became interested in history.[3] In December 1945, he applied for a scholarship at King's College, Cambridge; instead he won an Exhibition at Jesus College, Cambridge during Summer 1946. However the college demanded that those coming up from school should have done military service before they arrived so he spent two years in the army as a conscript.[4]

Peter Mathias
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Peter Mathias

(1928-01-10)10 January 1928
Died1 March 2016(2016-03-01) (aged 88)
Known forMaster of Downing College, Cambridge

He was Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge from 1955 to 1968, and later an Honorary Fellow from 1987.[5] He was Chichele Professor of Economic History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and then Master of Downing College, Cambridge from 1987 to 1995.[2]


  • The Brewing Industry in England 1700-1830. CUP Archive. 1959. GGKEY:DYD5N29F6JD.
  • The First Industrial Nation (1969)
  • The Transformation of England (1979)


  1. ^ The Times 10 January 2009, Retrieved 2010-01-09
  2. ^ a b Eyeons, Keith. "Death of Dr Peter Mathias". Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Oxford Professor for 20 years Dr. Peter Mathias". Oxford Mail. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Peter Mathias interviewed by Alan Macfarlane 4th September 2008". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Honorary Fellows | Queens' College". Retrieved 27 May 2016.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
John Butterfield
Master of Downing College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
David King