Sir Arthur Lewis

About Sir Arthur Lewis

Who is it?: Economist
Birth Day: January 23, 1915
Birth Place: Castries, Saint Lucian
Alma mater: LSE
Known for: Development economics Dual-sector model Lewis turning point Industrial structure History of the world economy
Spouse(s): Glady Jacobs Lewis (m. 1947), 2 daughters
Awards: Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1979)
Fields: Economics
Institutions: LSE (1938–48) University of Manchester (1948–58) University of West Indies (1959–63) Princeton University (1963–91)
Thesis: The economics of loyalty contracts (1940)
Doctoral advisor: Sir Arnold Plant

Sir Arthur Lewis

Sir Arthur Lewis was born on January 23, 1915 in Castries, Saint Lucian, is Economist. Sir Arthur Lewis was a Saint Lucian economist who was well known for his contributions in the field of economic development. When blacks were normally barred from that academic profession, Sir Arthur Lewis broke one barrier after another by the sheer dint of his brilliance. He was a scholar and served as an economic advisor to many international commissions and to several African, Asian and Caribbean governments. He was also the first Black professor in Britain’s university system and also at Princeton University in the United States later on. Arthur Lewis was the first person of African origin to receive a Nobel Prize in a field other than peace. He contributed significantly to the British government policy in his early years, and later in his life applied his economic development ideas as a consultant to various African governments. Sir Arthur had an illustrious carrier not only in academics. He spent the same number of years in administration too. You can find more information on this brilliant personality in the biography given below.
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As per our current Database, Sir Arthur Lewis has been died on 15 June 1991(1991-06-15) (aged 76)\nSaint Michael, Barbados.

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When Sir Arthur Lewis die, Sir Arthur Lewis was 76 years old.

Popular As Sir Arthur Lewis
Occupation Intellectuals & Academics
Age 76 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 23, 1915 (Castries, Saint Lucian)
Birthday January 23
Town/City Castries, Saint Lucian
Nationality Saint Lucian

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After gaining his Bachelor of Science degree in 1937 and a Ph.D. degree in 1940 at the London School of Economics (LSE) under supervision of Arnold Plant, Lewis worked as a member of the staff at the LSE until 1948. In 1947, he married Gladys Jacobs, and they had two daughters together.


Lewis published in 1954 what was to be his most influential development economics article, "Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour" (Manchester School). In this publication, he introduced what came to be called the dual sector model, or the "Lewis model".


Lewis published The Theory of Economic Growth in 1955 in which he sought to “provide an appropriate framework for studying economic development,” driven by a combination of “curiosity and of practical need.”


When Ghana gained independence in 1957, its government appointed Lewis as their first economic advisor. He helped draw up its first Five-Year Development Plan (1959–63).


In 1959 Lewis returned to the Caribbean region when appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. In 1963 he was knighted for his contributions to economics.


Lewis received the Nobel prize in Economics in 1979, sharing it with Theodore Schultz.


That year, he was also appointed a University Professor at Princeton University and moved to the United States. Lewis worked at Princeton for the next two decades, teaching generations of students until his retirement in 1983. In 1970 Lewis also was selected as the first President of the Caribbean Development Bank, serving in that capacity until 1973.


He died on 15 June 1991 in Bridgetown, Barbados. He was buried in the grounds of the St Lucian community college named in his honour. He was survived by his wife, Gladys Jacobs, Lady Lewis of Barbados and Princeton, NJ; two daughters, Elizabeth Lewis of Cranbury, NJ, and Barbara Virgil of Brooklyn; and four brothers: Stanley Lewis of Ghana, Earl Lewis of Trinidad, Allen Montgomery Lewis, a former Governor General of St Lucia, and Victor Lewis of St Lucia.

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