NEW DELHI: Google on Thursday celebrated the work of economist, professor, and author Sir W Arthur Lewis with a doodle. The illustration was done by Manchester-based artist Camilla Ru.
On this day in 1979, Sir Lewis was jointly awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work to model the economic forces that impact developing countries.
Considered as one of the pioneers in the field of modern development economics, he was also the first Black faculty member at the London School of Economics, first Black person to hold a chair in a British university (at Manchester University), and the first Black instructor to receive full professorship at Princeton University.
Lewis was born on January 23, 1915, in Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, at the time a British colony. Despite facing challenges with racial discrimination, in 1932 he won a government scholarship and set out to study at the London School of Economics, where he eventually earned a doctorate in industrial economics.
He quickly ascended the ranks of academia and by 33 was a full professor—one of the highest distinctions of a tenured professor.
In the year 1954, Lewis published his foundational article “Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour.” Among many valuable accomplishments, Lewis contributed influential work to the United Nations and shared his expertise as an adviser to governments in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
He also helped establish and served as the first president of the Caribbean Development Bank.
In honor of his lifelong achievements, the British government knighted Lewis in 1963.
Source From : Times Of India