Colin McEvedy

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Colin Peter McEvedy
Born (1930-06-06)6 June 1930
Salford, Lancashire, England
Died 1 August 2005(2005-08-01) (aged 75)
London, England
Occupation Historian, demographer
Spouse(s) (1) Jenny McKinnon Wood
(2) Sarah Leakey
Children 3:
Flora McEvedy
Allegra McEvedy

Colin Peter McEvedy (6 June 1930 – 1 August 2005) was a British polymath scholar, psychiatrist, historian, demographer and non-fiction author.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] Colin was educated at Harrow School, where he was a scholar, and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Career[edit]

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.

Family life[edit]

McEvedy had three daughters.[2] His eldest, Flora McEvedy, is the author of The Step-Parents' Parachute, published by Piatkus Books in 2009.[3] 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.

Publications[edit]

Penguin Historical Atlases

The Atlas of World History (with Sarah McEvedy)

Unpublished Volumes:

  • The Medieval World
  • The European Expansion
  • Revolutions
  • Colonial Empires
  • The Modern Age

Other Books

  • 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,[4] (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).

Articles

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://archives.li.man.ac.uk/ead/search?operation=full&rsid=dc.title%20any%2Frelevant%2Fproxinfo%20%22Waite%20George%201701%20d%22&hitposition=1299
  2. ^ Obituary: "Colin McEvedy", British Medical Journal, 2005, 331:847.
  3. ^ The Step-Parent's Parachute at amazon.co.uk Retrieved April 28, 2010
  4. ^ Tonkin, Boyd, "Cities of the Classical World By Colin McEvedy", The Independent (newspaper), United Kingdom, 2012 January 05, book review, Arts section.

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