An Introduction to Their Careers and Main Published Works
Chapter 4: THE 1972 NOBEL MEMORIAL LAUREATES JOHN HICKS AND KENNETH ARROW
THE 1972 NOBEL MEMORIAL LAUREATES JOHN HICKS AND KENNETH ARROW JOHN HICKS John R. Hicks (1904–89) © The Nobel Foundation John Hicks was born in Warwick, England in 1904. As an undergraduate he attended Balliol College, Oxford where he ﬁrst studied mathematics before switching to study philosophy, politics and economics. He graduated with a BA in 1925. After a year of graduate work at Balliol College, Hicks joined the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1926 as a Lecturer in Economics. In 1935 he moved to a lectureship at Cambridge University and a fellowship of Gonville and Caius College. After three years at Cambridge he left in 1938 to take up the Stanley Jevons professorship at the University of Manchester, where he remained until 1946. Hicks returned to Oxford in 1946 where he was a research fellow of Nufﬁeld College, and then Drummond Professor of Political Economy and fellow of All Souls College from 1952 until he retired in 1965. Among his many ofﬁces and honours, Hicks became a fellow of the British Academy in 1942, was president of the Royal Economic Society from 1960 to 1962, and was knighted in 1964. In 1972 he was awarded, jointly with the American economist Kenneth Arrow, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics ‘for their pioneering contributions to general economic equilibrium theory and welfare theory’ (Nobel Foundation, 2004). 46 JOHN HICKS Over the course of his distinguished academic career, Hicks made numerous inﬂuential contributions to the broad ﬁelds of both...
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