Peter Brereton Townsend

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Peter Brereton Townsend (b. Middlesbrough, 6 April 1928 - d. Dursley 7 June 2009) was a British sociologist. The last position he held was Professor of International Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He was also Emeritus Professor of Social Policy in the University of Bristol, and was one of the co-founders of the University of Essex. He wrote widely on the economics of poverty and was co-founder of the Child Poverty Action Group. He also co-founded the Disability Alliance in response to the Thalidomide scandal, and chaired it for 25

Married to Jean Ann Corston.

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