Education: L.S.E.'s Bold New Head

It scarcely looks like a pillar of academe. Crammed into six dowdy buildings on a narrow lane hard by the Strand, it has no spacious lawns or gracious halls. But the intellectual life of the London School of Economics has never been cramped.

Founded in 1895 by Social Reformers Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the L.S.E. has been noted for a unique blend of scholarship and social activism that has attracted an international array of agile minds, both to teach and be taught.

Its distinguished scholars have included Bertrand Russell, Arnold Toynbee and Harold Laski....

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