Today, Thursday, December 10 is day when professor and economist Sir W. Arthur Lewis won a Nobel Prize in Economics for modeling economic forces that effect developing countries. He is a pioneer in his field.
Other firsts in his life include becoming London School of Economics first Black professor as well as being the first Black person with a chair at Manchester University, a renowned British University. Princeton University offered him full professorship.
Born on January 23, 1915 in Castries, in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, he faced racial discrimination before winning a government scholarship to study at the prestigious London School of Economics. He went to complete his doctorate at the same institution in Industrial Economics.
Professor Lewis rose through the ranks of academia and became a full professor at the young age of 33. Becoming tenured at a young age is a high distinction.
He shifted focus to world economics concentrating on history and development. His foundational article “Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour” was published in 1954. He contributed his expertise to the United Nations and to developing countries including Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He helped establish the Caribbean Development Bank and served as its first president.
In1963 he was knighted by the Queen and the British Government for his lifelong achievements.
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