Tony Wrigley

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Sir Edward Anthony Wrigley, (born 17 August 1931), commonly known as Tony Wrigley, is a historical demographer. Wrigley and Peter Laslett co-founded the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure in 1964.

Among many publications, Wrigley is known for the book Continuity, Chance and Change, published in 1988, in which he explained why Malthus was wrong about the law of diminishing returns slowing population growth.

He was Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1994 until 2000, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1980, serving as president from 1997–2001.


  • Industrial growth and population change; a regional study of the coalfield areas of north-west Europe in the later nineteenth century, Cambridge University Press 1961,
  • An introduction to English historical demography from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, editor,Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London) 1966
  • Population and history, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London) 1969, ISBN 0303175796
  • Nineteenth-century society essays in the use of quantitative methods for the study of social data, editor, Cambridge University Press 1972, ISBN 0521084121
  • Population private choice and public policy, The Lindsey Press (London) 1972, The Essex Hall lecture
  • Identifying people in the past, Arnold (London) 1973, ISBN 0713156945
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