February 26, 2017


Here is a general biography of Edward Goldsmith (widely known as “Teddy”). Please use the blue navigation bar above for more in-depth information.

See also Memories of Teddy, Obituaries for Edward Goldsmith, obits (received) and tributes (received). [Bio Edward Goldsmith – bio Teddy Goldsmith]

Born: 8 November 1928, Paris, France.

Died: 21st August 2009, nr. Siena, Italy.

Nationality: Dual, British and French.

British father: Frank B. H. Goldsmith, O.B.E., T.D., ex M.P. for the Stowmarket Division of Suffolk 1910–1918, later Chairman of the Societé des Hotels Réunis in Paris, France.

French mother: née Marcelle Mouiller.


  • Millfield School, Street, Somerset (crammer student)
  • Magdalen College, Oxford (1947–50), Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) MA

National Service (1953–1955): Second Lieutenant in the British Intelligence Corps. Six months spent as second in command of 902 Field Security Section in Hamburg, with a further year on the Allied Staff in Berlin.

Career summary: Business career, Paris (1957–1966) working first with his father, and then with his brother James (La Société Dagonal Pharmaceuticals and Laboratories Cassenne), and finally on his own (not very successfully) running a company making and distributing electronic components in France (owning the Bang & Olufsen and Akai franchises). He devoted most of his spare time in this period to the study of the subjects that would preoccupy him for the remainder of his life.

Abandoning a life in business, he moved to the UK in 1967 after the death of his father, who left him some money. This enabled him to devote his time to his private studies. As a result he was able to write and edit books; publish papers in various journals, and articles for magazines; organize meetings; campaign against destructive development projects; involve himself in Green politics; and to lecture and broadcast in the UK and elsewhere.

Principal Occupation: Publisher, editor, author, lecturer and campaigner.

Other details (not found elsewhere):

1973 Moved to Cornwall, where he remained for 17 years. The Ecologist was published and edited in Cornwall from 1973 to 1987.

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