John Flemming was born in Reading on 6 February 1941, and died of cancer in Oxford on 5 August 2003. He was educated at Rugby school and Trinity College, Oxford, where he obtained a first in philosophy, politics and economics in 1962. He was awarded a studentship at Nuffield College, Oxford, and in 1963 was appointed fellow and lecturer at Oriel College. In 1965 he moved to an official fellowship of Nuffield College, a post he held until 1980. During (1968–9 he held a Harkness Fellowship in the United States, spending most of the year at Harvard. In 1980 became chief economist at the Bank of England; from (1984–8 he was economic adviser to the Governor of the Bank, and from (1988–91 he was an executive director of the Bank. In 1991 he became chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; two years later, in 1993, he returned to Oxford as Warden of Wadham College, a post he held till his death. He was elected an emeritus fellow of Nuffield College in 1980, fellow of the British Academy in 1991, a vice president of the Royal Economic Society, and he was awarded a CBE for his services to economics and his work on the environment in 2001. He received an honorary doctorate from Brunel University in 2003.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.