About Keith Sinjohn Joseph, Sir
Keith Sinjohn Joseph, Baron Joseph, Bt, CH, PC (17 January 1918 – 10 December 1994), was a British barrister and politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served in the Cabinet under three Prime Ministers (Harold Macmillan, Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher), and is widely regarded to have been the "power behind the throne" in the creation of what came to be known as "Thatcherism". He was known for most of his political life as Sir Keith Joseph, 2nd Baronet.
Joseph was the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family. His father, Samuel Joseph, an active political kingmaker, headed the vast family construction and development-finance company, Bovis, and was Lord Mayor of London in 1942–43. At the end of his term he was created a baronet.
On the death of his father on 4 October 1944, 26-year-old Keith inherited the baronetcy.
Keith Sinjohn JOSEPH
Father: Samuel Gluckstein JOSEPH
Mother: Edna Cecily PHILLIPS
Birth: 17 Jan 1918, Billiard Room, 63, Portland Place, London W1B 1AB
Residence: 17 Jan 1918, 63, Portland Place, London
Residence: 23 Mulberry Walk, Chelsea, London
Occupation: Scholar, from Jan 1926 to May 1931, Lockers Park School, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Occupation: Scholar, from Jan 1932 to Jun 1936, Harrow School
Occupation: Entrance Exam, Apr 1936, Magdalen College, Oxford
Occupation: Graduate, Jun 1939, Magdalen College, Oxford
Occupation: Reported for Military Duty, Sep 1939
Occupation: 3 May 1940, Royal Artillery HQ, Woolwich, London
Occupation: 154 Battery of the 172 Field Regiment Royal Artillery, from Oct 1943 to Oct 1944, Italy
Hospitalization : Injured in leg
Move : 16 Oct 1944, Returned to UK
Occupation: Alderman, Oct 1946, Portsoken ward, London
Occupation: Member of Parliament, 9 Feb 1956, Leeds North East
Occupation: Secretary of State for Industry, from May 1979 to Aug 1981
Occupation: Secretary of State for Education and Science, from 1981 to 1986
Death: Dec 1994, Royal Brompton National Heart and Lung Hospital in London