The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Bastable, Charles Francis (1855–1945)

  • John A. Bristow
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Born in Co. Cork in 1855, Bastable graduated in history and political science from Trinity College, Dublin in 1878 and was called to the Irish Bar in 1881. The next year was to be the first of his fifty-year tenure of one of the oldest chairs of political economy in the British Isles – the Whately Chair at Trinity College. Throughout the whole of that period he also occupied a succession of chairs in legal subjects, including the Regius Chair of Laws at Trinity (1908–1932). He was a member of the first Council of the Royal Economic Society and among his scholastic honours were his presidency of Section F of the British Association in 1894 and his election as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1921. He died in Dublin in 1945.

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  • John A. Bristow
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