Richard Titmuss Biography

Titmuss, initially almost single-handedly, created the academic field of social administration (what we would now call social policy) in Britain.

Richard Titmuss was a leading social policy academic and analyst. Following his appointment as the LSE’s first Professor of Social Administration in 1950, he initially almost single-handedly, created the academic field of social administration (what we would now call social policy) in Britain. He was a Labour Party advisor and wrote extensively on health and other welfare issues.

Richard Titmuss

Howard Glennerster gave the Richard Titmuss Memorial Lecture at the LSE in 2013 and reflected on his achievements: Richard Titmuss: Forty years on.

LSE biography of Titmuss

John Stewart’s biography of Richard Titmuss is due to be published in 2020 and will be the second in a series of biographies of Brian Abel-Smith’s fellow social policy pioneers: LSE Pioneers in Social Policy. 

You can read Stewart’s blog on Titmuss and Social Policy at the LSE on the LSE History Blog here.

Stewart visited LSE in 2018 to discuss Titmuss and his contribution to the shaping of the NHS and health and welfare reform more generally. Download the podcast here

Stewart has also written a piece for the Fabian Society exploring what Titmuss’ work can tell us about the left’s view of social welfare in the sixties. Read it here.  

John Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Health History at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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