Donald Tyerman

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Donald Tyerman
Editor of The Economist
In office
Personal details
Born(1908-03-01)1 March 1908
Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died4 April 1981(1981-04-04) (aged 73)

Donald Tyerman CBE (1 March 1908 – 4 April 1981) was an English journalist and editor.

Early life[edit]

Tyerman was born in Middlesbrough, England. He contracted polio at the age of three and was paralysed from the neck down, although over the next ten years he did eventually get back full use of the whole of his body except his legs - he needed splints to walk for the rest of his life. He was educated at Great Ayton Friends' School and Gateshead Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford and from 1930 to 1936 lectured in history at University College, Southampton.


In 1936 he became a journalist with The Economist and soon became extremely influential, serving as deputy editor from 1939 to 1944. From 1944 to 1956 he was assistant editor of The Times, and then returned to The Economist as editor. He served in this post until 1965.

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1978.


Media offices
Preceded by
Deputy Editor of The Observer
Succeeded by
Preceded by Deputy Editor of The Times
Succeeded by
Iverach McDonald
Preceded by Editor of The Economist
Succeeded by