Stamp, Josiah Charles

Stamp (1880-1941, knighted 1920, 1st Baron of Shortlands, created 1938) was educated at a private boarding-school at Goudhurst in Kent, but his formal education ended at 16. He entered the Civil Service as a boy clerk in the Inland Revenue Department, where he stayed almost uninterruptedly for 23 years, rising to assistant secretary in 1916. Meanwhile he taught himself economics, and was awarded a first class degree (1911) by the University of London and a doctorate (1916) by the London School of Economics, of which he later became governor, vice-chairperson (1925-35) and chairperson (1935-41). He was Newmarch lecturer in statistics (1919-21 and 1923), he gave a number of prestigious lectures in various universities, was a member of numerous societies, commissions, committees and boards (including the Royal Commission on Income Tax, 1919, the Northern Ireland Finance Arbitration Committee, 1923-24, the Committee on Taxation and National Debt, 1924, the Dawes Reparation Commission's Committee on German Currency and Finance, 1924, the Young Committee in 1929 and the Economic Advisory Council, 1930-39), was secretary and director of Nobel Industries (1919-28, renamed Imperial Chemical Industries in 1927). He was also chairperson (later president of the executive) of the London Midland and Scottish Railway from 1926, a director of the Bank of England from 1928, and adviser on economic co-ordination to ministerial committees from 1939.

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