Patrick Karl O'Brien, Fellow of the British Academy and Academia Europaea, Doctorates honoris causa from Carlos III University Madrid and Uppsala University, Sweden; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, President of British Economic History Society, 1999- 2001.
2009- 2013 Professor of Global Economic History and Principal Investigator for European Research Council Research Project, entitled Regimes for the Production, Development and Diffusion of useful and reliable Knowledge in the East and the West from the Accession of the Ming Dynasty (1368) to the Opium War 1839-42.
1999-2009 Centennial Professor of Economic History, and Convenor of the Network in Global Economic History (GEHN) at the Department of Economic History, London School of Economics
1998-1999 Senior Research Fellow and Convenor of the Programme in Global History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London
1998- Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of London
1990-98: Director of the Institute of Historical Research and Professor of Economic History, London University 1990 - Emeritus Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford
1984-90: University Reader in Economic History and Professorial Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford
1970-84: University Lecturer in Economic History and Faculty Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford
1967-70: Reader in Economics and Economic History with special reference to the Middle East, London University
1963-70: Lecturer at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London University. I lectured to graduates concerned with the economic history and economic development of the Middle East since 1800. I supervised M.Phil. and Ph.D. students in these related fields.
1960-63: Research Fellow at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London University. For 2 years I studied Arabic and the history and culture of the Middle East. I spent one year's study leave, mainly in Cairo, where I pursued research on the Egyptian economy 1952-66.
2009-13 Duties for Current Post Professor of Global Economic History and Principal Investigator for European Research Council Research Project, entitled Regimes for the Production, Development and Diffusion of Useful and Reliable Knowledge in the East and the West from the Accession of the Ming Dynasty (1368) to the Opium War (1839-42). The research programme (URKEW) funded by the European Research Council for four years began in 2009 and includes 5 postdoctoral officers, researching into the comparative histories of the institutions (including their cosmological foundations, political status and curricula) for higher forms of education in Europe, Japan, China, India and Islamdom in the early modern period. For further information see the URKEW website: