Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist
Chapter 7: From ‘Soldier’ to ‘Justice’: The Reading Years
1 It is now over 40 years since I was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Economics at Reading University. It seems like yesterday. As one gets older, time seems to encapsulate. Indeed, in a very real sense, the memories which make up one’s past life are timeless. When I received the letter inviting me to attend an interview at the old campus of the university in London Road, Reading, I was delighted, but not optimistic of the outcome. After all, I had not made the shortlist for a similar professorship at Sussex and had just missed out at being oﬀered a second Chair in Economics at Exeter. But after the interview I decided that fortune plays a role in appointments of this kind. There were other equally well-qualiﬁed candidates for the Chair, and it may well have been that under a diﬀerent appointments board, and perhaps on a diﬀerent day, my good friend and later colleague Geoﬀrey Maynard would have been chosen. Or perhaps kismet, or the Almighty, did have a say! I was particularly pleased to be coming to the town in which my father started his ministry; and in retrospect, I do not think I could have hoped for a more congenial environment, and one more suited to my particular tastes and talents! From the outset, I knew exactly what I intended to do at, and for, the university. Under the vibrant leadership of David Rowan, Ivor Pearce and Gordon Fisher, the...
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