Plant, Arnold, Sir, 1898-....

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Birth 1898
Death 1978-04-19

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Sir Arnold Plant studied at the London School of Economics, and assumed the Cassel Chair of Commerce there in 1930. Plant was a highly influential teacher, and a leading figure in military-industrial planning in Britain and America during World War II. He initiated a plan to allocate controlled materials for military production in England, and then played a major role in creating such a plan for American military production as well. After the war, he returned to the London School of Economics, where he and other free-market thinkers opposed the expansion of socialism in Great Britain.

From the description of Arnold Plant papers, 1918-1985. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64060282

Born 1898; educated Strand School and London School of Economics and Political Science; Gerstenberg Scholar in Economics and Political Science, 1921; previously a manager in the engineering industry; Professor of Commerce and Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town, 1924-1930; Professor of Commerce, LSE, 1930-1965; Knight, 1947; Vice-President of the Council, Royal Economic Society; Member, Cinematograph Films Council, 1938-1969; Chairman, Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, 1955-1967; Chairman, Advertising Standards Authority, 1962-1965; Chairman, Colonial Social Science Research Council, 1955-1962; Member, Overseas Research Council, 1959-1964; Organiser for Ministry of Information, and first Director of Wartime Social Survey, 1940; Chairman, National Service Deferment Committee for the Cinematograph Industry, Ministry of Labour, 1942-1945; temporary civil servant, 1940-1946, as Adviser to Ministerial Chairman of Interdepartmental Materials Committee and Central Priority Committee under Production Council (1940), Production Executive (1941), Ministry of Production (1942-1945), and on special duties in Cabinet Office, 1945-1946; Member, Board of Trade Committee on a Central Institute of Management, 1945-1946; Member, Ministry of Works Committee on Distribution of Building Materials, 1946; Member, Ministry of Education Committee on Commercial Education, 1946; Member, Board of Trade Committee on Film Distribution, 1949 (Chairman); Member, Monopolies and Restrictive Practices Commission, 1953-1956; Chairman, Ministry of Agriculture Committee on Fowl Pest Policy, 1960-1962; retired 1965; died 1978.

From the guide to the PLANT, Sir Arnold, 1898-1978, Knight, Professor, economist, 1918-1972, (British Library of Political and Economic Science)


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