Shove was born at Faversham, Kent, the son of Herbert Samuel Shove and his wife Bertha Millen. He was educated at Uppingham School and King's College, Cambridge, where he became a member of the Cambridge Apostles.
He married in 1915 Fredegond Maitland, daughter of historian Frederic William Maitland and his wife the playwright Florence Henrietta Fisher. In World War I he was a conscientious objector, like many others in the Bloomsbury Group, of which he was a member; he worked as a poultry keeper at Garsington, the home of Lady Ottoline Morrell.
His academic career was spent at King's College, Cambridge, becoming lecturer in 1923, Fellow in 1926, and Reader in 1945.
His younger brother was the Olympic rower Ralph Shove.
He died at Old Hunstanton.
Most important publications
- "Varying Costs and Marginal Net Products," Economic Journal, 38 (150) pp. 258–266, 1928
- "Increasing Returns and the Representative Firm",Economic Journal, 40 (157), 1930
- "The Place of Marshall's Principles in the Development of Economic Theory", EJ, 1942.
- "Mrs Robinson on Marxian Economics", EJ, 1944.
- Blaug, Mark - Who's who in Economics, 3d ed. (1999)
- Auden Family Ghosts
- Uppingham School Rolls, 1824-1931, 1883-1960
- Register of Admissions to King's College, 1797-1925
- Sybille Bedford, Aldous Huxley, 1973; Michael Holroyd, Lytton Strachey, 1994
- Gerald Frank Shove (1887-1947), Economist: Sitter in 9 portraits (National Portrait Gallery)
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