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Malthus, Thomas Robert

  1. Peter Armitage

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a17092

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

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Armitage, P. 2005. Malthus, Thomas Robert. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 4.

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  1. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

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  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Malthus (1766–1834) is noted for the essay on population (1798) arguing that a population would tend to increase geometrically, whereas its means of subsistence would increase only linearly. He was a founder member of the Statistical Society of London (later Royal Statistical Society).


  • population growth;
  • demography;
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