Josiah Wedgwood V

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Josiah Wedgwood V (October 20, 1899 – May 18, 1968) was the Managing Director of the Wedgwood pottery firm from 1930 until 1968 and credited with a transformation in the company's fortunes.[1][2][3][4]

Wedgwood was one of seven children of Josiah Wedgwood IV (later Lord Wedgwood) and The Hon. Ethel Kate Bowen, daughter of Sir Charles Bowen, 1st Baron Bowen. He was the great-great-great-grandson of the potter Josiah Wedgwood. His sister was the anthropologist Camilla Wedgwood.

He married Dorothy Mary Winser in 1919 in Holborn and they had three children:

  • Dr. John Wedgwood (1919–2007), CBE, MD, FRCP
  • Josiah Wedgwood VI, a.k.a. Ralph J.P. Wedgwood, MD (born 1924)
  • Jennifer Wedgwood (1927–1992)

He succeeded his uncle Francis Hamilton Wedgwood as managing director on his uncle's death in 1930. After his retirement, Arthur Bryan (later Sir) became managing director.


  1. ^ Robin Reilly, ‘Wedgwood, Josiah (1899–1968)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2011 accessed 26 May 2013
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  3. ^ ‘WEDGWOOD, Hon. Josiah’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 26 May 2013
  4. ^ The Times, Monday, May 06, 1968; pg. 10; Issue 57244; col F The Hon J. Wedgwood President of pottery firm