Phyllis Deane

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Phyllis Mary Deane FBA (13 October 1918 – 28 July 2012) was a British economic historian and a historian of economic thought.[1]


Deane worked at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) between 1941 and 1948. She left there to join the Colonial Office. She left there for Cambridge where she taught and researched since 1950 and was an emeritus professor of economic history until her death in 2012. She was 93 years old.[2]


Her first book was in 1952 on Colonial Social Accounting. Her other noted works include British Economic Growth 1688–1959 (with W.A. Cole).[2][3][4]

Highest-level elected and appointed academic posts[edit]

She was president of the Royal Economic Society from 1980–82 and was a Fellow of the British Academy.[2]

Key works[edit]

  • (1965) The First Industrial Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (1975) The Evolution of Economic Ideas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2001) The Life and Times of J. Neville Keynes: A Beacon in the Tempest, Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar
  • with W. A. Cole (1962). British Economic Growth 1688-1959. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


  1. ^ Van Der Wee, Herman (2007), Economic History: its Past, Present and Future, European Review, 15:1:33–45
  2. ^ a b c National Institute for Economic and Social Research Annual Report 2001
  3. ^ Knick Harley, "Review of Phyllis Deane and W. A. Cole, British Economic Growth, 1688-1959: Trends and Structure." EH.Net Economic History Services, Sep 18 2001.
  4. ^ Neal, Larry (1971), Deane and Cole on Industrialization and Population Change in the Eighteenth Century, Economic History Society, Economic History Review, 2nd Series 24, p. 643–647