Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Edgeworth, F. Y.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_200

Basic Biographical Information

Francis Ysidro Edgeworth was born February 8, 1845, in Edgeworthstown, Longford, Ireland. Edgeworth is recognized as a brilliant and eccentric economist, statistician, and social philosopher. He is especially known for his development of mathematical models of rational behavior, which he used to build models of mutually beneficial trade. Born the fifth son of a father who had been a sixth son, Edgeworth actually ended up inheriting the entire Edgeworthstown estate in 1911, when all other lines of the family died out or produced no heirs. Edgeworth’s education consisted of private tutoring followed by higher education at Trinity College, Dublin, and then at Exeter and Balliol Colleges, Oxford. His university studies were in ancient and modern languages, and during the 1870s he added a self-taught education in mathematics and economics. In 1881, Edgeworth earned a position teaching logic and political economy at King’s College, London (Edgeworth 1881). Ten...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wisconsin – StoutMenomonieWIUSA