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, who specialised 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 City.[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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