Emma Georgina Rothschild

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The Hon. Emma Georgina Rothschild-Sen
Emma Rothschild, historiadora da economia, Professora em Harvard, esposa de Amartya Sen (7110290673).jpg
Emma Rothschild at Sala São Paulo, Brazil
Born (1948-05-16) 16 May 1948 (age 70)
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Oxford (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
Occupation Economist and economic historian
Employer Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Cambridge
École des hautes études en sciences sociales
Amartya Sen (m. 1991)
Parent(s) Victor Rothschild
Teresa Georgina Mayor
Relatives Rothschild family
Rothschild banking family of England

Emma Georgina Rothschild-Sen, CMG (born 16 May 1948) is a British economic historian who is a professor of History at Harvard University. She is also the director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University and an honorary Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge. She formerly served as Board Member of United Nations Foundation.

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Economic history is the study of economies or economic phenomena of the past. Analysis in economic history is undertaken using a combination of historical methods, statistical methods and the application of economic theory to historical situations and institutions. The topic includes financial and business history and overlaps with areas of social history such as demographic and labor history. The quantitative—in this case, econometric—study of economic history is also known as cliometrics.


She is a member of the Rothschild banking family of England and is a trustee of the Rothschild Archive, [1] the international centre in London for research into the history of the Rothschild family.

The Rothschild banking family of England was founded in 1798 by Nathan Mayer von Rothschild (1777–1836) who first settled in Manchester but then moved to London. Nathan was sent there from his home in Frankfurt by his father, Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812). Wanting his sons to succeed on their own and to expand the family business across Europe, Mayer Amschel Rothschild had his eldest son remain in Frankfurt, while his four other sons were sent to different European cities to establish a financial institution to invest in business and provide banking services. Nathan Mayer von Rothschild, the third son, first established a textile jobbing business in Manchester and from there went on to establish N M Rothschild & Sons bank in London.

Early life and education

Rothschild was born in London, England, the daughter of Victor Rothschild (1910–1990) and his second wife, Teresa Georgina Rothschild (née Mayor; 1915–1996). On her father's side, she descends from the Rothschild family. Her maternal grandfather, Robert John Grote Mayor, was the brother of English novelist F. M. Mayor and a greatnephew of philosopher and clergyman John Grote. Her maternal grandmother, Katherine Beatrice Meinertzhagen, was the sister of soldier Richard Meinertzhagen and the niece of author Beatrice Webb. [2] [3] She is the sister of Amschel Mayor James Rothschild and the half-sister of Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild. At the age of 15, she became the youngest woman ever admitted to Somerville College, Oxford University, from which she graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1967. She was a Kennedy Scholar in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild senior executive with Royal Dutch Shell and N M Rothschild & Sons, an advisor to the Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher governments of the UK

Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild, was a senior executive with Royal Dutch Shell and N M Rothschild & Sons, an advisor to the Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher governments of the UK, as well as a member of the prominent Rothschild family.


From 1978 to 1988, she was an associate professor at MIT in the Department of Humanities and the Program on Science, Technology, and Society and also taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. She then was a Fellow at King's College, Cambridge and continues to be an honorary Professor of History and Economics at the Cambridge History faculty. [4]

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Academic achievements, awards and honors

In recognition of her services to Britain's international cultural and academic relations, the New Year Honours 2000 made Rothschild a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. She is a fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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She is an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College. [5]

Personal life

In 1991, Rothschild married the Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.


She has written extensively on economic history and the history of economic thought. Some of her publications are:

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