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Sir W. Arthur Lewis Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Facts & More

Updated On : December 10, 2020

Short Biography

Sir W. Arthur Lewis was born on 23-01-1915 in Castries, Saint Lucia. He was a Saint Lucian Economist & Professor who contributed to the field of economic development.

Other Name: Sir William Arthur Lewis, W. Arthur Lewis, Arthur Lewis, Sir William
Other Professions: Professor

Sir W. Arthur Lewis Complete Bio & Career

W. Arthur Lewis got primary education at Saint Lucia. He was A brilliant student. So, he got promoted two classes ahead. After completing his graduation, he aimed to become an engineer but he got no selection due to discrimination against black color persons in Saint Lucia. This was the time when he wished to become an economist so that he can make reform in society.
With his brilliance, he not only cleared the entrance exam of the London School of Economics but also got a scholarship. Whether the London School of Economics was the most precious university of economics  Arthur Lewis was the first black person who got a scholarship and acceptance in the university.
His hard work and excellence in studies impressed his teachers and professors in the university. He was admired and praised by all of them. He studied under the supervision of many experienced professors such as Arnold Plant, one of the best economists in London. In 1940 he completed his Ph. D from the London school of economics and got the opportunity to work here as a professor under the leadership of Arnold Plant till 1948.
After completion of his mandate at the London School of Economics, he was released in 1948. Afterward, he got an offer from the University of Manchester to join the university as a lecturer. During his term here, he developed many important concepts in the field of economics and became the well-known Economist of independent Europe.
Lewis served as Chief Economist to the government in countries such as Ghana, Trinidad, and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados. He was appointed as vice-chancellor of the University of West Indies in 1959. He served as a professor at Princeton University and taught generations of students during his service. He was the first president of the Caribbean development bank.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 15-06-1991 at the age of 76 in Bridgetown, the capital city of  Barbados.

DEATHDAY 15 June,1991 (Saturday)
DEATH PLACE Bridgetown

Sir W. Arthur Lewis Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Ida Lewis and George Lewis. His father died, when he was only seven years old. He and his brother were raised by their mother. He had four brothers named Victor Lewis, Allen Montgomery Lewis, Earl Lewis & Stanley Lewis. He was married to Gladys Jacobs since 1947. The couple had two daughters named Barbara Virgil & Elizabeth Lewis.

Life's Important Dates Of Sir W. Arthur Lewis

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Skin Colour Black
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper

Personal Info

Home Town Castries, Saint Lucia
Nationality Saint Lucian , British
Religion Christianity
Address Bridgetown, Barbados
School N/A
College London School of Economics and Political Science, London
Qualification Ph.D.
Hobbies Reading, Writing
Marital Status Married
Debut 1938 - Became the Member of London School of Economics (LSE)
Best Friends Eric Williams (1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago)
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black
Favorite Place London
Favorite Dress Suits

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Sir W. Arthur Lewis

  • He contributed as a professor of Political Economy in four Universities, LSE (1938-1948), Victoria University of Manchester (1948-1958), UWI (1959-1963), Princeton University (1963-1991).
  • The Humanities Building of the University of Manchester is named "Arthur Lewis Building" in his honour.
  • He was buried at St. Lucian Community College grounds, and after that college renamed in his honour as "Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Southern Extension".
  • The main auditorium of Robertson Hall at Princeton University is called "Arthur Lewis Auditorium" in his honour.
  • He had the citizenship of British and Saint Lucian.
  • He was awarded the Nobel-Memorial-Prize in Economic-Sciences in 1979.
  • In his honour, a monument statue of Sir W. Arthur Lewis is located at Derek Walcott Park, Castries.
  • Google honoured him with a google doodle on 10-12-2020.

Sir W. Arthur Lewis Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Sir W. Arthur Lewis was 76 years 4 months & 23 days old age.