Sir David Butler, “Father of election science” died at the age of 70 years. Here, in this article, let’s see more about the cause of death.
How Did Sir David Butler Die?
Sir David Butler, the pioneer of contemporary election science, has away at the age of 98. His career extended more than 70 years.
Sir David Butler Cause Of Death
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Sir David Butler’s Life
As the “founder of psephology,” a term Butler used early in his career to denote “the new discipline of electoral science based on the Greek word psephos for pebble which the ancient Greeks used to vote in elections,” Michael Crick, Butler’s friend and biographer, praised him.
Butler was the top psephologist in the world and in Britain for many years, according to Crick.
Butler himself has said the phrase “hangs like an albatross around my neck” and is an “ugly, dumb, academic joke.”
He was born on October 17th, 1924, attended Oxford’s New College to study philosophy, politics, and economics. When he was commissioned as a lieutenant to fight in the Second World War, his studies were put on hold.
His research on elections as an undergraduate involved adapting the “cube rule,” a forgotten calculation from the Edwardian era. He discovered that by using the percentage of votes cast, he could estimate the total number of seats won. He was able to predict, based on polling data, which seats the two major parties would likely win.
Tribute To Sir David Butler
Sir David Butler at his Oxford home in June holding the battered copy of the 1945 Times Guide to the Commons, in which that year, using a slide-rule, he’d translated the raw result numbers into every seat into percentages – the act which founded psephology, or election science
Hansard Society tweeted,
It’s with great sadness that we’ve learnt of the death of our former Chairman Sir David Butler. David chaired the Society 1994-2001 but contributed to our work over decades.⬇️Here he is in the late ’90s with our current Chair,
when she was Leader of the Commons 1/5
BBC Archive tweeted,
Sir David Butler, co-inventor of the BBC election swingometer, has died aged 98.
On election night in 1959, he explained how he helped to popularise ‘psephology’, a word coined to describe his craft of vote analysis.
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