Edward George, Baron George
He grew up in
Carshalton, the son of a Post Office clerk. After attending Dulwich Collegeand learning Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguistsduring his National Service, George joined the Bank after graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridgein 1962. Apart from secondments to Moscow State University, the Bank for International Settlementsand the International Monetary Fund, he remained there throughout his career.
George was appointed Governor of the Bank of England in 1993, and retired on the completion of his second five-year term of office on
June 30, 2003. During his governorship the Bank was given independence in setting UK interest rates by Gordon Brown, the incoming Chancellor of the Exchequerafter the 1997 general election.
He was succeeded as Governor of the Bank of England in July 2003 by Mervyn King. He was given a
life peerage in June 2004 as Baron George, of St Tudyin the County of Cornwall. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenantof Cornwallin March 2006.
He married Vanessa Williams in Surrey in 1962. They had been "sweethearts" since the age of 14. He has two daughter: one -
Liz George, a journalist. Edward, his only son, is a supporter of Manchester City.
Lord George was conferred with a D Sc "honoris causa" by the
University of Buckinghamon March 4 2000
* [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200304/minutes/040914/ldminute.htm Announcement of his introduction at the House of Lords] House of Lords minutes of proceedings, 14 September 2004
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