The Papers of Sir Austin Robinson
Scope and Contents
Papers relating to the Ministry of Production in World War II; the Board of Trade and HM Treasury, Marshall Aid, and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
- 1945 - 1959
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is mostly open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Conditions Governing Use
Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.
Biographical / Historical
Austin Robinson was born in Farnham, Surrey, in November 1897. He was educated at Marlborough and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he read classics.
He served in the RNAS and the RAF (1917-19) and was subsequently a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1923-26), a Cambridge University lecturer (1929-49) and Professor of Economics at Cambridge (1950-65). He was appointed Emeritus Professor of Economics in Cambridge in 1966 and was a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College (1931-93).
As well as his academic career Robinson was a Member of the Economic Section, War Cabinet Office (1939-42), Economic Adviser and Head of Programmes, Ministry of Production (1942-45), Member of British Reparations Mission, Moscow and Berlin (1945), Economic Adviser to Board of Trade (1946), Member of Economic Planning Staff (1947-48), Director of Economics, Ministry of Power (1967-68), Chairman of Council of National Institute of Economic and Social Research (1949-62) and Member of European Advisory Commission (OEEC) (1957-60).
He is best known for his books The Structure of Competitive Industry (1931) and Monopoly (1941), But also served as Assistant Editor and then Joint Editor of the "Economic Journal" (1948-70), Secretary of the Royal Economic Society and Treasurer (1950-59) and then President (1959-62) of the International Economic Association. Robinson was also one of the editors of the thirty volumes of JM Keynes's Collected Writings.
He was made OBE (1944) and CMG (1947), Knighted in 1975, and elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1955. Robinson married Joan Violet Maurice in July 1926, herself a distinguished economist. He died in June 1993.
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Other Finding Aids
A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and at the National Register of Archives. A fuller list is available at Churchill Archives Centre.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Sir Austin Robinson and by the Marshall Library of Economics, Cambridge, between 1986-99.
This collection (fonds) level description and summary catalogue was prepared by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in March 2005. Information was obtained from "Who Was Who" (A and C Black).
Robinson, Sir Edward Austin Gossage, 1897-1993, Knight Economist
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