Antedating of "Population Explosion"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 24 20:28:01 UTC 2004

population explosion (OED 1953)

1952 _L.A. Times_ 29 Dec. 26 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Robert C.
Cook, director of the Population Reference Bureau ... made an on-the-scene
study in Greece, Egypt, India, China and Japan.  Some of his observations
... India "now maintains a precarious balance at the edge of famine and
must find some way to reduce her birth rate before modern medicine and
technology further reduce her death rate and cause a virtual population

Fred Shapiro

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