Charles Wilson (historian)
Charles Henry Wilson CBE (16 April 1914 – 1 August 1991) was an English business historian. His best known work is his multi-volume history of Unilever, which is credited with establishing corporate history as a subject worthy of academic attention in the UK.
Wilson was born in Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, and educated at De Aston Grammar School. His forebears included small farmers and small businessmen, which contributed to his scepticism of the Marxism that was fashionable during the 1930s.
The first two volumes of his three volume history of Unilever were published in 1954.
Wilson was professor of modern history at Cambridge University from 1965 to 1979.
- Charles Wilson: The history of Unilever. A study in economic growth and social change. 2 vols. London, Cassell & Company, 1954. Ed. Cassell 1970: ISBN 0-304-93605-7
- "Prof Charles Wilson". The Times. 8 August 1991.
- Peter Mathias, ‘Wilson, Charles Henry (1914–1991)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 10 Aug 2014
- Harris, Ian (3 August 1991). "Obituary: Professor Charles Wilson". The Independent.
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