Today in History: Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded to Professor Arthur Lewis of Princeton.

Sir. Arthur Lewis

On this day in 1979 Sir William Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.  He was a Saint Lucian economist well known for his contributions in the field of economic development.

Arthur Lewis was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, then still a British territory in the Caribbean, as the fourth of five children of George and Ida Lewis, who had migrated from Antigua shortly after the turn of the century.

When Ghana gained independence in 1957, Lewis became the country’s first economic advisor, helping to draw up its first Five Year Development Plan.

He died on June 15, 1991 in Bridgetown, Barbados and was buried in the grounds of the St Lucian Community College named in his honour.

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