Sir W. Arthur Lewis Google Doodle: Google is celebrating St. Lucian economist, professor, and creator Sir W. Arthur Lewis, who is taken into account as one of many pioneers within the subject of contemporary growth economics, with its doodle on Thursday. Its illustrated by Manchester-based visitor artist Camilla Ru.
Forty-one years in the past on today in 1979, Lewis was collectively awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his pioneering work to mannequin the financial forces that impression growing international locations.
A trailblazer not solely in his analysis, Lewis was additionally the primary Black school member on the London Faculty of Economics, first Black particular person to carry a chair in a British college (at Manchester College), and the primary Black teacher to obtain full professorship at Princeton College.
Born on January 23, 1915, in Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, on the time a British colony, Lewis gained a authorities scholarship in 1932 regardless of dealing with challenges with racial discrimination.
He went to review on the London Faculty of Economics, the place he finally earned a doctorate in industrial economics. Lewis rapidly ascended the ranks of academia and by 33 was a full professor—one of many highest distinctions of a tenured professor.
Lewis shifted his focus to world financial historical past and financial growth and in 1954 printed his foundational article “Financial Growth with Limitless Provides of Labour.” Amongst many precious accomplishments, Lewis contributed influential work 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 Growth Financial institution.
In honor of his lifelong achievements, the British authorities knighted Lewis in 1963.
He breathed his final on June 15, 1991 in Bridgetown, Barbados and was buried within the grounds of the St. Lucian neighborhood school named in his honour.