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Barbara Ward

(1914—1981) journalist and economist


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(1914–1981)

British economist, conservationist, and journalist. She was created a DBE in 1974 and a life peer, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, in 1976.

Born in York, Barbara Ward graduated from Somerville College, Oxford, in politics, philosophy, and economics. In 1939 she joined The Economist, becoming a foreign editor in 1940. She was subsequently a governor of the BBC (1946–50), Schweitzer Professor of International Economic Development at Columbia University (1968–73), and president of the Conservation Society (from 1973). In 1950 she married Commander Robert Jackson, an Australian who worked for the United Nations and other organizations.

Barbara Ward was an influential and prolific writer on economic, ecological, and political subjects, particularly the need for countering communism in the third world with western social policies of the type that had reduced poverty and promoted social justice in the West. She was an early enthusiast for European economic union. Deeply concerned with the preservation and conservation of the world's natural resources, she wrote Spaceship Earth (1966) and Only One Planet (1972, with René Dubos), which brought her views to a wider public. Her other major books include The International Share-Out (1938), The Rich Nations and the Poor Nations (1962), and The Home of Man (1976).

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Economics.


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