Emma Georgina Rothschild

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The Hon. Emma Georgina Rothschild-Sen
Emma Rothschild, historiadora da economia, Professora em Harvard, esposa de Amartya Sen (7110290673).jpg
Emma Rothschild at Sala São Paulo, Brazil
Born (1948-05-16) 16 May 1948 (age 70)
ResidenceCambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
OccupationEconomist and economic historian
EmployerMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge
École des hautes études en sciences sociales
Amartya Sen (m. 1991)
Parent(s)Victor Rothschild
Teresa Georgina Mayor
RelativesRothschild family
Rothschild banking family of England

Emma Georgina Rothschild-Sen, CMG (born 16 May 1948) is a British economic historian who is a professor of History at Harvard University. She is also the director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University and an honorary Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge. She formerly served as Board Member of United Nations Foundation.

She is a member of the Rothschild banking family of England and is a trustee of the Rothschild Archive,[1] the international centre in London for research into the history of the Rothschild family.

Early life and education[edit]

Rothschild was born in London, England, the daughter of Victor Rothschild (1910–1990) and his second wife, Teresa Georgina Rothschild (née Mayor; 1915–1996). On her father's side, she descends from the Rothschild family. Her maternal grandfather, Robert John Grote Mayor, was the brother of English novelist F. M. Mayor and a greatnephew of philosopher and clergyman John Grote. Her maternal grandmother, Katherine Beatrice Meinertzhagen, was the sister of soldier Richard Meinertzhagen and the niece of author Beatrice Webb.[2][3] She is the sister of Amschel Mayor James Rothschild and the half-sister of Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild. At the age of 15, she became the youngest woman ever admitted to Somerville College, Oxford University, from which she graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1967. She was a Kennedy Scholar in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


From 1978 to 1988, she was an associate professor at MIT in the Department of Humanities and the Program on Science, Technology, and Society and also taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. She then was a Fellow at King's College, Cambridge and continues to be an honorary Professor of History and Economics at the Cambridge History faculty.[4]

Academic achievements, awards and honors[edit]

In recognition of her services to Britain's international cultural and academic relations, the New Year Honours 2000 made Rothschild a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. She is a fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

She is an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1991, Rothschild married the Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.


She has written extensively on economic history and the history of economic thought. Some of her publications are:

  • Paradise Lost: The Decline of the Auto-Industrial Age (1973)
  • Common Security and Civil Society in Africa (1999) (Co-Editor)
  • Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (2001)
  • Language and Empire, circa 1800 (Historical Research, 2005)
  • A Horrible Tragedy in the French Atlantic (Past and Present, 2006)
  • The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (2011)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rothschild. "Research Project: project description". Rothschildarchive.org. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 19556 § 195559". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  3. ^ Noel Annan and James Ferguson (1996-05-31). "Obituary: Teresa, Lady Rothschild - People - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  4. ^ Guha, I. "Interview: Emma Rothschild". The Cambridge Student. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Emeritus and Honorary Fellows". Somerville College, Oxford. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

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