Reference numberEC/1892/13
Previous numbersCert XI, 223
TitleGiffen, Sir Robert: certificate of election to the Royal Society
CitationAssistant secretary (Commercial Department) Board of Trade. Author of 'Stock Exchange Securities: an Essay on General Causes of Fluctuation of their Price' (1878); 'Essays in Finance,' 1st series (1879), 2nd series (1885); 'The Growth of Capital' (1889); also of numerous papers communicated to the British Association, Statistical Society, Bankers' Institute, &c. As head of the Statistical Department of the Board of Trade (since incorporated with the Commercial Department) has been examined by Royal Commissions and Parliamentary of Treasury Committees on the following subjects (among others): - Depreciation of Silver (1876); Hall Marking; Wine Duties; Agricultural Depression; Trade Depression; Stock Exchange; Gold and Silver; Channel Tunnel; Emigration and Immigration; Corn Averages, &c. Has given great attention to the theory and practice of the use of Index Numbers in the study of Prices and their history, and first invented and used the plan of an Index Number of a purely objective and not an arbitrary character, especially one based on the actual proportion of the different articles of Import and Export to the total. Has explained with regard to numerous branches of statistics, such as imports and exports, the condition and nature of the data and the way in which they can be used in public discussions. He also explained in numerous papers the way in which common statistics can be used in stating and solving problems for the politician, eg, statistics of the growth of population, of the growth of incomes and capital. Has also given attention to the problems relating to the incidence of taxation, upon which several papers are included in the 'Essays in Finance.' Author of numerous official reports, including reports on wages, price of imports and exports, emigration, &c.
ProposersFrom General Knowledge: John W Judd; T E Thorpe; J T Walker; Lionel S Beale
From Personal Knowledge: George J Goschen; W E Gladstone; Derby; [Granville]; John Lubbock; Jos D Hooker; Lyon Playfair; A J Mundella; Frederick Bramwell; T H Huxley; Douglas Galton; J Norman Lockyer; R H Inglis Palgrave
Extent1 sheet
Access statusOpen

Giffen, Sir Robert: certificate of election to the Royal Society

Fellows associated with this archive
NA2215Giffen; Sir; Robert (1837 - 1910)1837 - 1910
Add to My Items

    Collection highlights

    Browse the records of some of our collections, which cover all branches of science and date from the 12th century onwards. These include the published works of Fellows of the Royal Society, personal papers of eminent scientists, letters and manuscripts sent to the Society or presented at meetings, and administrative records documenting the Society's activities since our foundation in 1660.

    The Royal Society

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of
    the world's most eminent scientists and is the
    oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    Registered charity number 207043

    Website design ©CalmView


    + 44 207 451 2500
    (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes bank holidays)

    6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

    Email Us →


    Subscribe to our newsletters to be updated with the
    latest news on innovation, events, articles and reports.

    Subscribe →

    © CalmView