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James W. B. Douglas (died 1992) was an eminent social researcher. He was generally known as 'J.W.B.'. He was responsible for the National Child Development Study and many other studies.

The NCDS has been described as "the granddaddy of all cohort studies" and was set up by Douglas less than a year after the end of the second world war. It began with interviews of more than 13,000 mothers who had given birth in the United Kingdom during one week of March 1946.

After the initial survey in 1958, there have been attempts to trace all members of this birth generational cohort in 1965, 1969, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1999–2000, 2004 and 2008 to get information concerning their physical, educational and social development.[2] During the 2002-2204, genetic information on participants was also obtained to examine the genetic effects on common traits and diseases

He published over 30 books.

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