Geoffrey Heyworth, 1st Baron Heyworth

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Geoffrey Heyworth, 1st Baron Heyworth (18 October 1894 – 15 June 1974), was a British businessman and public servant.

Heyworth was chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries[1] and of Unilever,[2] a company for which he worked for 48 years until his retirement in 1960.[3] He was also a member of the National Coal Board.[4] In 1951 he was appointed to a commission, led by Sir Lionel Cohen, set up to look into the issue of taxation on income and profits.[5] Having been Knighted in 1948,[6] on 25 July 1955 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Heyworth, of Oxton in the County Palatine of Chester,[7] in recognition of his "... public services".[2] He was the lead author of The Heyworth Report (1965), which led to the establishment of the Social Science Research Council.[1] He was also President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1949 to 1950.[8]

Lord Heyworth died in June 1974, aged 79. The barony died with him.


  1. ^ a b David Mills. Difficult Folk?: A Political History of Social Anthropology. 
  2. ^ a b "No. 40497". The London Gazette. 3 June 1955. p. 3257. 
  3. ^ The Glasgow Herald, 27 April 1960. "Tributes to Lord Heyworth on His Retirement".
  4. ^ "No. 39688". The London Gazette. 4 November 1952. p. 5823. 
  5. ^ "No. 39119". The London Gazette. 9 January 1951. p. 192. 
  6. ^ "No. 38360". The London Gazette. 23 July 1948. p. 4197. 
  7. ^ "No. 40549". The London Gazette. 29 July 1955. p. 4360. 
  8. ^ Past Presidents Archived March 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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