Today, Google is honouring Sir W Arthur Lewis with a Doodle, 41 years on from the day he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics.
Sir Arthur Lewis, a St Lucian economist, academic and policymaker was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1979 (jointly) for pioneering research into economic development with particular consideration of the problems of developing countries. His research prompted new ways of thinking about issues of poverty and underdevelopment.
Sir Arthur Lewis was a student at LSE from 1934 to 1937, and a member of staff in the Department of Economics from 1938 to 1948. He was LSE’s first Black academic and the UK’s first Black professor. Find out more about Sir Arthur Lewis’ legacy and impact, both at LSE and around the world, in this video.
The LSE Department of Economics has a Sir W Arthur Lewis professorship in economics and the current holder, Tim Besley, has welcomed this recognition of Arthur Lewis by Google:
“The LSE Economics Department are proud of our association with such an important figure and are delighted to see Google recognizing his achievements. He is an important role model who all young economists can look up to but he is especially relevant to those who are striving to overcome adversity and the legacy of discrimination.”