The J R (Bob) Gould Prize is awarded to the Department of Economics student with the best performance in Economics B (EC102). Each winner receives a book token worth £100.
In 1953, Joseph Robert (Bob) Gould (1927-1999) applied to study BSc Economics at the School. He chose Accounting as his Special Subject and completed his first year successfully. Due to ill health, Gould was forced to take time out from his studies but returned to the School in 1955, graduating in 1957 with first-class honours. For his outstanding academic performance, Gould was awarded the Allyn Young Prize.
His potential was evident and Gould was immediately appointed to the post of Teaching Assistant in October 1957. He was appointed to Assistant Lecturer a year later and promoted to Lecturer in 1960. During his time at LSE, Gould also worked as Senior Lecturer and Reader.
After taking early retirement in 1990, Gould continued to work in the Department of Economics as a Visiting Teacher in Economics, allocating the teaching and examining quotas to members of the Department.
Bob Gould was primarily an economist who worked in the area of microeconomics, but with wider interests in business administration and accounting. As a result, he not only published in economic journals, such as Economica, the Economic Journal and the Journal of Political Economy, but also in Accountancy, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Modern Law Review and the Yale Law Journal.
(With special thanks to Jim Thomas (Emeritus Reader in Economics and Research Associate STICERD, LSE) and Sue Donnelly, School archivist.)