William Brian Reddaway

(1913—2002) economist

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Brian Reddaway was born on 8 January 1913 in Cambridge, and died there on 23 July 2002 after a Short illness. His father, William Fiddian Reddaway, was an historian, a fellow of King's College and the first Censor of Fitzwilliam House. His mother was Kate Waterland Sills. Reddaway went to King's College School (1920–24), Lydgate House School, Hunstanton (1924–26) and Oundle (1926–31). He came up to King's College, Cambridge as a scholar in natural Sciences in October 1931 and Read for part I of the mathematics tripos, intending to go on to Read chemistry in Part II of the natural sciences tripos. Because he was ‘inevitably much stirred by attempts to explain the slump and see a way out’ (Harcourt 1993: 153), coupled with a ‘desire to understand why the world was suffering from “poverty in the midst of potential plenty”’ (1995: 31), the college agreed that he could forsake chemistry and Read for Part II of the economics tripos. His supervisors in economics at King's were Richard kahn and Gerald shove; he also went once a fortnight to Maynard keynes, who thought him the best pupil of his year.


From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.

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