Emma Georgina Rothschild (1948-)
Emma Georgina Rothschild CMG is the daughter of Nathaniel Mayer (Victor), 3rd Lord Rothschild (1910-1990) and Theresa Georgina, Lady Rothschild (née Mayor) (1915-1996).
Emma is an economic historian and Professor of History at Harvard University. She is also the director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University and an honorary Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.
At the age of 15, she became the youngest woman ever admitted to Somerville College, Oxford University, from which she graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1967. She was a Kennedy Scholar in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1978 to 1988, she was an associate professor at MIT in the Department of Humanities and the Program on Science, Technology, and Society and also taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France.
In 1991, she married economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen (b.1933). In 2000, in recognition of her services to Britain's international cultural and academic relations, she was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. She is a fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge and sits on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Foundation. Emma Rothschild was founding Chairman of The Rothschild Archive Trust in 1999, and remains a trustee.