January 9, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.-Hobart and William Smith Colleges Professor Geoffrey Gilbert has joined the editorial board of the Biographical Dictionary of British Economists, overseeing the preparation of more than 30 entries on British economists from 1600 to 1920 who worked on economic aspects of population. Producing the biographical dictionary is a project of Thoemmes Press, based in Bristol, England, and it is expected to be completed in late 2003.
Gilbert, a professor of economics, will serve as subject editor for population, helping to select approximately 35 economists who have made significant contributions on the topic of population during the past three centuries. Gilbert will also help identify and solicit contributors, review their submissions, and write several entries himself. Gilbert's review essay, “The Limits of Malthus's Demographic Vision,” appears in the current issue of Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, and his review essay on Keynes and population will appear later this year in Review of Political Economy.
Thoemmes Press is a small independent publishing company, founded by Rudi Thoemmes in 1981. The publishing company now focuses on several projects aimed at particular research communities. At the heart of each publishing project is a biographical dictionary, such as the Biographical Dictionary of British Economists, which describes both the major and minor thinkers that have shaped the development of each area of intellectual inquiry.
Gilbert is the author of World Population: A Reference Handbook (2001), which follows two earlier works edited by Gilbert on the English economist and demographer Thomas Malthus. Gilbert holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, where he was named Phi Beta Kappa, and a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University. He joined Hobart and William Smith Colleges' faculty in 1977.