William Brian Reddaway 1913–2002


in Proceedings of the British Academy, 138 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, V

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Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263938
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734236 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

William Brian Reddaway 1913–2002

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Professor W. B. Reddaway, invariably known to friends and colleagues as Brian Reddaway, was an exceptional economist who had a huge influence on how economics in Cambridge has been taught and researched. He held leadership positions in the Faculty of Economics and Politics at Cambridge for twenty-five years, between 1955 and 1980. For nearly the first fifteen years, Reddaway was Director of the Department of Applied Economics (DAE). In 1969, almost at the end of his tenure as DAE Director, he was elected to succeed James Meade in the Chair of Political Economy, the senior chair in economics in Cambridge. Reddaway held this chair until 1980, when he formally retired. He continued his association with the Faculty for many years after this, doing occasional lecture courses, or one-off lectures: he positively loved lecturing on applied economic subjects and helping younger colleagues with their research.

Keywords: economist; biography; obituary

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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