(17661834). B. near Guildford, Surrey, Eng.; Angl. cleric; economist; prof. Haileybury Coll., near Hertford; held that human pop. tends to increase in a geometric ratio, means of subsistence in an arithmetic ratio. His views, called Malthusianism, led to the conclusion that propagation of the human race should perhaps be made subject to preventive controls; influenced the practice of birth control. See also Family Planning, 2.
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