British banker, journalist, economist and statistician, editor of the famous Dictionary on Political Economy.
Sir Robert Harris Inglis Palgrave was the son of Francis Palgrave, a Medieval historian and Jewish convert (nee Cohen; Palgrave was his wife's surname). R.H. Inglis Palgrave was educated at Charterhouse School but did not go on to university. Although Palgrave would later help edit his father's academic work, his first instinct was to enter his grandfather's business in Yarmouth, the bank of Gurneys Birkbeck Barclay Buxtons & Orde in 1845.
R.H. Inglis Palgrave began publishing in the late 1860s. His 1871 essay won a prize from the Statistical Society of London. His 1873 treatise, focusing particularly on bank statistics, set him out as one of the leading authorities on banking matters and spokesman of the country banks. Palgrave gave testimony to the House of Commons on banks of issue in 1875. He edited the Banker's Almanack and Banker's Magazine. In 1877, after Bagehot's death, Palgrave succeeded him at The Economist, jointly with Daniel Conner Lathbury (pipping out Giffen). Palgrave served as financial editor of The Economist from 1877 to 1883, and eventually bought a share of the newspaper.
In 1883, Inglis Palgrave was president of Section F of the BAAS, and launched plans to create a society to publish a economics-dedicated journal, what eventually became British Economic Association in 1890 (later renamed the Royal Economic Society).
R.H. Inglis Palgrave's principal claim to fame is perhaps for having edited the comprehensive three-volume Dictionary of Political Economy, (1894-1901).
In 1987, a new dictionary of economics, edited by John Eatwell, Murray Milgate and Peter Newman, and published by Macmillan, was entitled The New Palgrave: A dictionary of economics. The title is only in honor of Palgrave's earlier dictionary. The entries, are entirely new.
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