Robert Owen

British textile manufacturer and social reformer, 1771–1858

Robert Owen (/ˈɪn/; 14 May 1771 – 17 November 1858), a Welsh textile businessman, philanthropist and social reformer. He was one founder of utopian socialism and the cooperative movement. He is known for work to improve factory working conditions for his workers.

Robert Owen
Robert Owen by William Henry Brooke.jpg
Owen, aged about 50,
by William Henry Brooke
Born(1771-05-14)14 May 1771
Died17 November 1858(1858-11-17) (aged 87)
Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales
Occupationco-operator; social reformer, textile mill co-owner; philanthropic capitalist
Spouse(s)Ann (or Anne) Caroline Dale
ChildrenJackson Dale (b. 1799)
Robert Dale (b. 1801)
William (b. 1802)
Ann (or Anne) Caroline (b. 1805)
Jane Dale (b. 1805)
David Dale (b. 1807)
Richard Dale (b. 1809)
Mary (b. 1810)
Parent(s)Robert Owen and Anne (Williams) Owen[1]


  1. Douglas F. Dowd. "Robert Owen". Encyclopædia Britannica (Online academic ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. Retrieved 8 September 2017.