Michael Shanks was born in London on 12 April 1927, and died there on 13 January 1984. His father was managing director of a drinks company. He was educated at Blundell's School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated with second class honours in philosophy, politics and economics in 1950, his university career having been interrupted by two years military service in the Royal Artillery. After a year lecturing at Williams College (1950–1), he turned to journalism, his main appointment being with the Financial Times, progressing through the positions of leader and feature writer, labour correspondent and industrial editor. In 1964–5 he was economic correspondent for the Sunday Times. He made frequent appearances on radio and television.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.