John M. Keynes

John was the first born in a family of three. His parents were John Neville a moral sciences lecturer at Cambridge University and an economist and Florence Ada a renowned local social reformer. Being the first born son, Keynes was given attention and a lot of love by his parents. He took his primary school education at home and kindergarten. He, later on, went to a day school where his teachers complained of his careless nature. They were keen to note that he was a bright kid but did not put any effort in studies and lacked determination. Despite his attitude, he got a sponsorship and was enrolled to Eton. He showed strong ability in Mathematics and history classes. In 1902, Keynes had to leave Eton and join Kings College, Cambridge to pursue mathematics on a scholarship. On noting his ability in mathematics, Alfred Marshal tried to persuade Keynes to become an economist, but he refused and said his interest was in philosophy. He was active in a debate in a group called semi-secretive Cambridge Apostles society a club that was meant for the brightest students in the college. In 1904, he graduated with a first class in a bachelor of Mathematics and sat for the Civil Service Exams the following year.


In 1906, Keynes was offered a civil servant job as a clerk. At first, he was pleased with what he was doing. This did not last long since in 1908, he was bored and handed in his resignation letter. He went back to Cambridge and studied probability theory in a project that was started and funded by his father and Arthur, an economist lecturer. In 1909, Keynes wrote his first article about the economic downturn and its effects. This was published in the economics journal and led to him being noticed and called up to become a lecturer at the University. He earned a good salary and gave a lot through his side hustle of privately tutoring his students. Keynes was later on called by the British Government to offer economic advice to the government in days before and of the First World War.

Personal life

Keynes earned a lot of respect as an economist for the advice he offered to the British government in formulating economic theories in during and after the war. In his life, Keynes had some romantic relationships with men. He did not keep his homosexual relationship in the dark. He fell in love with Lydia Lopokova, and they married in 1925. Keynes died of heart attack in 1946.


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