Thomas Robert Malthus Biography
Birthday: February 13, 1766 (Aquarius)
Born In: Surrey, England
One of the renowned British clerics and scholars, Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus played an influential role in the field of political economy and demography. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and is well-known for his theories of population. His most important work, An Essay on the Principles of Population, presented a contradictory theory of evolution and population against what was prevalent in those times. It presented a contrasting view which singled out the fact that the rate at which the population was growing, it would eventually surpass the rate of production of food and would eventually lead to starvation. He was in favour of long-term stability instead of short term practicality. Furthermore, he criticized the Poor Laws, and supported the Corn Laws, which introduced a system of taxes on British imports of wheat. Sadly, he was the most misunderstood and misrepresented economist of all time. His theory, which is known as Malthusian economy, is said to represent a pessimistic outlook of the human population which is doomed to starvation via overpopulation. It was only after the advent of the Keynesian economics that his views and theory became popular in the 20th century. However, till date, he is referred to as the most debated writer and economist of all time.