(Charles) Geoffrey Vickers was born in Nottingham in 1894; his father was a lacemaker. He had been studying Clasdsics at Oxford when the First World War broke out, a war in which he gained the Victoria Cross but lost his brother. He returned to take a degree in French, economic history and law, and then trained as a solicitor, working for Slaughter and May. From 1938-1947 he was a member (with T.S.Eliot amongst others) of a Christian think-tank called ‘The Moot’. During the war he was on the Joint Intelligence Committee of Chiefs of Staff; he was knighted in 1946. Thereafter he was the key figure in social systems analysis. He died in 1982, at the age of 87. You can see an Open University interview with him here.
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