Portrait of Gordon Rattray Taylor

Gordon Rattray Taylor
From the back page of The Doomsday Book (ed.1972)

Is a writer who has specialised in making use of the findings of the social sciences in order to interpret the trends of contemporary society. His first book, Economics for the Exasperated, attracted immediate attention. Then followed Conditions of Happiness, in which he analysed the social and psychological forces at work in modern society. In Are Workers Human? he dealt with human behaviour in the industrial context. Later books were The Angel Makers, The Science of Life and The Biological Time Bomb.

Mr. Taylor studied the natural sciences at Cambridge, and later entered journalism. During the war he worked for the BBC, as well as in the Psychological Warfare division of SHAEF. He was the deviser of the 'Eye on Research' programmes on BBC television.