|Colin Peter McEvedy|
6 June 1930|
Salford, Lancashire, England
|Died||1 August 2005
|Spouse(s)||(1) Jenny McKinnon Wood
(2) Sarah Leakey
Colin Peter McEvedy was born in Salford, Lancashire on the 6th of June 1930. He was the third son of Peter George McEvedy, a renowned surgeon, who was born in New Zealand. Colin was educated at Harrow School, where he was a scholar, and Magdalen College, Oxford.
McEvedy's profession was psychiatry, in which he had a distinguished career. He became perhaps better known, though, as a historian and demographer, and certainly so by the public at large. Between 1961 and 2002 he produced a number of historical atlases which, unlike most such atlases, feature fixed base-maps; in most cases, each atlas uses a single principal base-map, which is shown repeatedly, at many dates, as the atlas goes along, thus illustrating changes over the ages, from ancient down to modern, within the chosen area. The accompanying text, typically, is mostly a running commentary on what the maps of a given atlas show. Another feature of the atlases is McEvedy's witty and engaging writing-style, which he used on occasion to challenge established opinions among historians and demographers. Although he was not, strictly speaking, a professional in those fields, he became professionally respected in them, with his views making their way into standard textbooks.
He died in London.
McEvedy had three daughters. His eldest, Flora McEvedy, is the author of The Step-Parents' Parachute, published by Piatkus Books in 2009. His youngest daughter, Allegra McEvedy, is a noted chef, co-founded the Leon Restaurants chain, and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
Penguin Historical Atlases
- The Penguin Atlas of Medieval History (1961) ISBN 0-14-070822-7
- Revised as: The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History (1992) ISBN 0-14-051249-7
- The Penguin Atlas of Ancient History (1967) ISBN 0-14-051151-2
- Revised as: The New Penguin Atlas of Ancient History (2002) ISBN 0-14-051348-5
- The Penguin Atlas of Modern History (1972) ISBN 0-14-051153-9
- The Penguin Atlas of Recent History (1982) ISBN 0-14-051154-7
- Revised as: The New Penguin Atlas of Recent History (2002) ISBN 0-14-051504-6
- The Penguin Atlas of North American History (1988) ISBN 0-14-051128-8
- The Penguin Atlas of African History (1980, 2nd ed. 1995) ISBN 0-14-051321-3
- The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Pacific (1998) ISBN 0-14-025428-5
The Atlas of World History (with Sarah McEvedy)
- From the Beginning to Alexander the Great (1970) ISBN 0-298-79125-0
- The Classical World (1973) ISBN 0-298-79126-9
- The Dark Ages (1972) ISBN 0-298-79127-7
- The Medieval World
- The European Expansion
- Colonial Empires
- The Modern Age
- The Atlas of World Population History (with Richard Jones) (1978) ISBN 0-14-051076-1
- Rise of the World's Cities (1984) ISBN 0-87196-773-1
- World History Factfinder (1984) ISBN 0-02-583190-9
- Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization, (posthumous; edited by Douglas Stuart Oles) (2011 November 3), ISBN 978-1-84614-427-1 (hardcover), Allen Lane (imprint of Penguin Books, UK), Penguin Press/Classics (US).
- "The Bubonic Plague" Scientific American February 1988
- Obituary: "Colin McEvedy", British Medical Journal, 2005, 331:847.
- The Step-Parent's Parachute at amazon.co.uk Retrieved April 28, 2010
- Tonkin, Boyd, "Cities of the Classical World By Colin McEvedy", The Independent (newspaper), United Kingdom, 2012 January 05, book review, Arts section.
- Obituary from The Independent newspaper
- Obituary from The Times newspaper
- Obituary from the British Medical Journal (Subscription Required)