John Vaizey, Baron Vaizey

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John Ernest Vaizey, Baron Vaizey (1 October 1929 – 19 July 1984)[1] was a British author and economist, specialized in education.

Background and education[edit]

Vaizey was the son of Ernest Vernon Vaizey and his wife Lucy Butler Hart.[2] He was educated at the school of Queen Mary's Hospital and went then to Queens' College, Cambridge.[3]


In 1952, he joined the United Nations Office at Geneva and after a year was elected a fellow at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.[3] Three years later in 1956 Vaizey became employed as lecturer at the University of Oxford.[3] He moved to the University of London in 1960, where he oversaw a research unit as its director for the next two years.[3] Subsequently Vaizey came to Worcester College, Oxford, having been appointed to its fellowship.[3] In 1966, he obtained the new created professorship at the Brunel University, heading its school of social sciences from 1973.[1]

Vaizey was offered the post of the vice-chancellor of the Monash University, based in Melbourne in 1975, however after attacks by Australian artists against his close friend Bryan Robertson, who should have taken over the directorship of the National Gallery of Victoria, he declined the offer.[4] In the 1976 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours he was designated for a life peerage and on 23 June, he was created Baron Vaizey, of Greenwich, in Greater London.[5] In his last years Vaizey served as principal of the St Catherine's Foundation at Cumberland Lodge.[2]


In 1961 he married the author Marina Stansky, daughter of lawyer Lyman Stansky from New York.[6]

One of their children is the Conservative Party politician Edward Vaizey.[7]

Baron Vaizey died on 19 July 1984 in St Thomas' Hospital, London, following heart surgery.[1][8]


  • The Trade Unionist and Full Employment; (1955)
  • The Costs of Education; (1958)
  • Scenes from Institutional Life and Other Writings; (1959)
  • The Brewing Industry 1886–1951: An Economic Study; (1960)
  • Britain in the Sixties: Education for tomorrow; (1962)
  • Education in a Class Society: The Queen and Her Horses Reign; (1962)
  • The Economics of Education; (1962)
  • Education in a class society : the Queen and her horses reign; (1963)
  • The Control of Education; (1963)
  • Barometer Man; (1966)
  • The Costing of Educational Plans; (1967)
  • Industry and the Intellectuals; (1970)
  • The Type to Succeed; (1970)
  • Capitalism; (1971)
  • Education; (1971)
  • Social Democracy; (1971)
  • The History of British Steel; (1974)
  • Education in the Modern World; (1975)
  • Political Economy and the Problems of Our Time; (1975)
  • Capitalism and Socialism: A History of Industrial Growth; (1980)
  • In Breach of Promise: Gaitskell, Macleod, Titmuss, Crosland, Boyle: Five Men who shaped a Generation; (1983)
  • National Health; (1984)


  1. ^ a b c Cleveland (1985), p. 147
  2. ^ a b Turner (1985), p. 410
  3. ^ a b c d e Dod (1984), p. 284
  4. ^ Jones (2006), pp. 234–235
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46945. p. 8867. 25 June 1976. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Obituary, Lyman Stansky". New York Times. 29 Nov 1993. Retrieved 19 Dec 2014. 
  7. ^ Musson, Jeremy (14 February 2008). "Interview: Ed Vaizey". Country Life. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Blake, Robert. "John Ernest Vaizey, Baron Vaizey". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 Dec 2014. 


  • Charles Roger Dod and Robert Philip Dod (1984). J. Berwick Smith, ed. Dod's Parliamentary Companion 1984. London: Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd. 
  • William A. Cleveland, ed. (1985). Britannica Book of the Year 1985. Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. ISBN 0-85229-428-X. 
  • Jones, Barry (2006). A Thinking Reed. Crowns Nest, Australia: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-74114-387-X. 
  • Turner, Roland (1985). The Annual Obituary 1985. St Martin's Press. ISBN 0-912289-53-8. 

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