Google immediately honoured economist, professor, and writer Sir W Arthur Lewis with a doodle, illustrated by Manchester-based artist Camilla Ru. On today in 1979, Sir W Arthur Lewis was collectively awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work to mannequin the financial forces that affect creating nations.
One of many pioneers within the area of recent growth economics, Sir Lewis was the primary Black college member on the London College of Economics, first Black particular person to carry a chair in a British college, and the primary Black teacher to obtain full professorship at Princeton College.
Sir Lewis was born on January 23, 1915, within the Caribbean island of St Lucia. His mother and father, each faculty academics, have been immigrants from Antigua. He full his faculty curriculum on the age of 14 and went to work as a clerk within the civil service. In 1932, he received a authorities scholarship and went on to review on the London College of Economics. Regardless of dealing with racial discrimination, on the age of 33, he grew to become a full professor – one of many highest distinctions of a tenured professor.
Sir W Arthur Lewis contributed immensely to the United Nations and shared his experience as an adviser to governments in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. He additionally helped set up and served as the primary president of the Caribbean Improvement Financial institution.
In honor of his lifelong achievements, the British authorities knighted W Arthur Lewis in 1963.