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Professor Richard Smith

Post
Emeritus Professor of Historical Geography and Demography and Director, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge
Biography
My research and publications have focused on the history of marriage, principally in medieval Europe, peasant inheritance practices and customary law, welfare practices and their demographic correlates in medieval and early modern England and urban historical epidemiology. Much of this work has been undertaken while Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Oxford University and Director of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. I currently hold a Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust (2014-2019) to undertake research on 'Migration, Mortality and Medicalization: investigating the long-run epidemiological consequences of urbanisation in England 1600-1939'.
Past appointments
  • University Lecturer in Population History, University of Oxford, 1983 - 1989
  • Reader in History of Medicine and Director of Wellcome Unit for History of Medicine, University of Oxford, 1990 - 1994
  • Director, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, 1994 -
  • Emeritus Professor of Historical Demography and Geography, University of Cambridge, 2011 -
Principal publications
  • Life, Death and the Elderly: Historical Perspectives 1991
  • Welfare of the Individual and the group: Malthus and externalitioes American Philosophical Society 2001
  • The World We Have Gained: Histories of Population and Social Structure 1986
  • Bastardy and its comparative history 1981
  • Land, kinship and life-cycle 1984
  • Medieval society and the manor court 1996
Website
http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/smith/
Fellow type
UK

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