Keynes, John Maynard

Eldest son of John Neville Keynes, Maynard (1883-1946, 1st Baron of Tilton, created 1942) was educated at Eton (of which he became fellow) and King's College, Cambridge (of which he was fellow from 1909 and bursar), where he studied mathematics; he was convinced to switch to economics by Marshall, but was also influenced by the philosopher G. E. Moore . He was a member of the Apostles and of the Bloomsbury Group. President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1905, he joined the India Office (1906-08), became lecturer in economics at Cambridge (1908-15), and during the war joined the Treasury (1915-19). He was principal representative of the Treasury at the Paris Peace Conference and deputy for the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Supreme Economic Council (1919). He was a member of the Committee on Finance and Industry ( Macmillan Committee, 1929-31) and leader of British Delegation which negotiated the American Loan in Washington (1945). He took over the editorship of the Economic Journal from Edgeworth in 1911, and remained in charge until 1944.

Harrod greatly admired Keynes's intelligence, to which his Life of John Maynard Keynes (1951) is a tribute, but despised his rudeness of manner. On their intellectual relationship see the General introduction , [jump to page] .

See list of letters .

Source: www ; DNB ; Harrod, The Life of John Maynard Keynes (1951); D. E. Moggridge, Maynard Keynes. An Economist's Biography (London: Routledge, 1992); R. Skidelsky, John Maynard Keynes (three volumes, London: Macmillan, 1983-2000).


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