Patrick O'Brien#

Patrick OBrien
Membership Number:2135
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2014 - ongoing Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of London, Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, Lead Investigator for a Leverhulme Funded Project located at the LSE entitled Economic Outcomes Flowing from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815 (2015-2017)
  • 2009 - 2013 Professor of Global Economic History and Principal Investigator for European Research Council Research Project,
  • 1999 - 2009 Centennial Professor of Economic History, and Convenor of the Network in Global Economic History (GEHN) at the Department of Economic History, London School of Economics
  • 1998 - 1999 Senior Research Fellow and Convenor of the Programme in Global History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London
  • 1998 Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of London
  • 1990 - 1998 Director of the Institute of Historical Research and Professor of Economic History, London University
  • 1990 Emeritus Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford
  • 1984 - 1990 University Reader in Economic History and Professorial Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford
  • 1970 - 1984 University Lecturer in Economic History and Faculty Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford
  • 1967 - 1970 Reader in Economics and Economic History with special reference to the Middle East, London University
  • 1963 - 1970 Lecturer at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London University

Fields of Scholarship
  • World trade
  • Technology and historiographical traditions
  • Historiographical traditions in the construction of global economic history
  • Evolution of intercontinental trade from Roman Empire to 1846
  • Macro inventions and macro inventors in English cotton textiles from Kay to Cartwright
  • Economics of European expansion overseas from the conquest of Ceuta to the Imperian Meridian
  • Formation and efficiency of fiscal states in Europe and Asia 1500-1914

Honours and Awards
  • Fellow of the British Academy
  • Doctorates honoris causa from Carlos III University Madrid and Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • 1999 - 2001 President of British Economic History Society
  • 2015 Visiting Fellow American Historical Association

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