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Arthur Lewis

AKA William Arthur Lewis

Born: 23-Jan-1915
Birthplace: Castries, St. Lucia
Died: 15-Jun-1991
Location of death: Bridgetown, Barbados
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Morne Fortune, St. Lucia

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist

Nationality: St. Lucia
Executive summary: Economics of developing nations

Saint Lucian economist Sir Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979, sharing the honor with an American, and Theodore W. Schultz. Lewis's best-known work involved devising new models for trade between industrial and less developed nations. He served as an economic advisor to the United Nations, and at various times helped guide the economic policies of Barbados, Ghana, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Trinidad and Tobago. In the early 1950s he was Managing Director of the United Nations Special Fund, and in the 1970s he established the Caribbean Development Bank, and served as its first President.

Father: George Ferdinand Lewis (teacher, d. 1922)
Mother: Ida Louisa Lewis (teacher)
Wife: Gladys Lewis (m. 1947, two daughters)
Daughter: Elizabeth
Daughter: Barbara

    High School: Saint Mary's College of St Lucia (1929)
    University: BS Commerce, London School of Economics (1937)
    University: PhD Industrial Economics, London School of Economics (1940)
    Teacher: Economics, London School of Economics (1938-48)
    Professor: Economics, University of Manchester (1948-57)
    Professor: Economics, University of the West Indies (1957-63)
    Professor: Princeton University (1963-70, 1973-85)
    Administrator: Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies (1959-63)
    Administrator: Chancellor, University of Guyana (1966-73)

    Knight of the British Empire 1963
    Nobel Prize for Economics 1979 (with Theodore W. Schultz)
    American Economic Association

Author of books:
Theory of Economic Growth (1955)
Development Planning (1966)
Some Constraints on International Banking (1972)
The International Monetary System in Operation (1977, with Wilfried Guth)


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