Victor Rothschild

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Victor Rothschild was a wartime MI5 officer, scientist and corporate director.

Francis Beckett gives this précis of his career:

He was a scientist of some distinction before the Second World War, and a valued MI5 officer during it (and close to it all his life). From 1958 to 1970 he was a senior executive with Shell. In 1970, the new prime minister Edward Heath made him the head of the Central Policy Review Staff, a government think-tank eventually abolished by Margaret Thatcher. In 1975, at the age of 64, he finally consented to join the family firm of N M Rothschild and Sons, in the role of chairman.[1]


  1. Francis Beckett, A Perfect Spy, New Statesman, 14 April 2003.