Habakkuk, (Hrothgar) John 1915-2002

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HABAKKUK, (Hrothgar) John 1915-2002

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born May 13, 1915, in Barry, South Glamorgan, Wales; died November 3, 2002, in Chew Stoke, Somerset, England. Economic historian, educator, administrator, and author. Habakkuk was a former vice chancellor and principal of Jesus College, Oxford, who was renowned as a scholar of the English economy, especially during the period from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. He earned a bachelor's degree at St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1936, and a master's degree from the same college in 1940. During the late 1930s and 1940s he was a fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he also lectured from 1946 to 1950. The remainder of his academic career was spent at Oxford University, where he was a professor of economic history from 1950 to 1957 and principal of Jesus College from 1967 until his retirement in 1984; from 1973 to 1977 he was also a vice chancellor. Habakkuk's published writings include American and British Technology in the Nineteenth Century (1962), Population Growth and Economic Development since 1750 (1971), and Marriage, Debt, and the Estates System: English Landownership 1650-1950 (1994). He was also a former editor of the Economic History Review. For his distinguished work as a scholar and university administrator, Habakkuk was knighted in 1976.



Writers Directory, 17th edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 2002.


Daily Telegraph (London, England), November 19, 2002.

Guardian (London, England), November 14, 2002, p. 28.

Independent (London, England), November 11, 2002, p. 16.

Times (London, England), November 5, 2002, p. 33.