W. Arthur Lewis Biography: Wiki, Age, Career, Celebrated With Google Doodle By Google

Who is W. Arthur Lewis? W. Arthur Lewis Bio/Wiki

Sir William Arthur Lewis was an economist from Saint Lucian and Princeton University’s James Madison Professor of Political Economy. He was born on 23 January 1915 in Castries, Saint Lucia, British Windward Islands.

In the field of economic development, Lewis was known for his contributions. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1979. Arthur Lewis was born in Saint Lucia, then still part of the federal colony of the British Windward Islands, the fourth of George and Ida Lewis’ five children.

Soon after the turn of the century, his parents migrated from Antigua. When Arthur turned seven, George Lewis died and Ida raised their five children alone. Arthur was a gifted student and two classes were advanced before his age. Lewis worked as a clerk after leaving school at the age of 14 while waiting to take his university entrance test.

He became friends with Eric Williams, Trinidad and Tobago’s future first prime minister, during this time, and the two remained lifelong friends.

Celebrated With Google Doodle By Google

Google commemorated the late Sir Arthur Lewis with a Google Doodle on 10 December 2020.

The company’s new doodle logo pays tribute to Sir W. Arthur Lewis, an economist, and professor who on December 10, 1979, received the Nobel Prize in Economics for modeling economic forces affecting developing nations.


He was 76 years old.

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Lewis married Gladys Jacobs in 1947, and they had two daughters together. He was chosen as a lecturer at Manchester’s Victoria University that year and moved there with his family. He continued teaching in Manchester until 1957.


He developed some of his most significant concepts about the patterns of capital and wages in developing countries during this time. As former colonies started to gain independence from their European colonizers, he became especially known for his contributions to development economics, of great interest.

For various African and Caribbean states, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados, Lewis worked as an economic adviser. Lewis was appointed as the country’s first economic advisor when Ghana gained independence in 1957. He helped draw up his first (1959-63) Five-Year Development Plan.

In 1979, Lewis was awarded the Nobel prize in Economics, sharing it with Theodore Schultz.

Lewis perished in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 15 June 1991. He was buried in the grounds named in his honor by the St. Lucian community college.

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