Birthplace Lancaster, Lancashire, England.
Posts Helds Fellow, Tutor, Master, Trinity Coll., Camb., 1817-66; Prof. Mineralogy, Prof. Moral Philo., Univ. Camb., 1828-32, 1838-55.
Offices and Honoours Founder, Camb. Philo. Soc., 1818; Vice-Chancellor, Univ. Camb., 1842-3.
Publications Articles: 1. 'Mathematical exposition of some doctrines of political economy', Camb. Pilo. Soc. Transactions, 3, 1830; 2. 'Mathematical exposition of some of the leading doctrines in Mr. Ricardo's Principles', Camb. Philo. Soc. Transactions, 4, 1831; 3. 'Mathematical exposition of some doctrines of plitical economy', Camb. Philo. Soc. Transactions, 9, 1850.
Career Mathematician, philosopher of science and university administrator, who published early papers on economics using mathematical language. There is some dispute as to whether this was genuine mathematical economics or merely economics set out algebraically. In pursuit of the encouragement of the inductive method in economics, he cajoled his friend Richard Jones into completing and publishing at least a part of his projected major work on economics.
Secondary Literature R. D. Theocharis, `Whewell, William', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 16; J. L. Cochrane, 'The first mathematical Ricardian model', History of Political Economy, 2(2), Fall 1970.
Six Lectures on Political Economy (1862) (socsci.mcmaster.ca)
Six Lectures on Political Economy (1862) (ecn.bris.ac.uk)
Six Lectures on Political Economy (1862) (unimelb.edu.au)
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