Academic journal article History of Economics Review

Peter Groenewegen (13 February 1939 -- 4 May 2018): A Tribute and a Memoir

Academic journal article History of Economics Review

Peter Groenewegen (13 February 1939 -- 4 May 2018): A Tribute and a Memoir

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It was a great privilege as well as a pleasure to have known Peter. Our friendship started in the 1960s and I was delighted to publish one of his first ever papers, 'Three Notes on Ricardo's Theory of Value and Distribution', Australian Economic Papers, June 1972. We met regularly at conferences and I always appreciated his tremendous knowledge and wise, deep and relevant (sometimes stringent) comments on papers. I was delighted to see him often in Cambridge and to make sure that he came to Jesus(!) for meals and to stay. A highlight was to be present at the launch of his magnum opus on Alfred Marshall in the Richard Stone Room on the fourth floor of the Austin Robinson Building in Cambridge.

Peter was blessed with a photographic memory, with which he allied a powerful, analytical mind. With these went the tough approach of the Sydney Push and its members who were Peter's friends--David Clark, Paddy McGuinness, and Bruce McFarlane.

Peter did me the great honour of asking me to examine the dissertations of three of his best graduate students: David Clark, Murray Milgate and Peter Kriesler. I arranged for David Clark to meet Maurice Dobb, and Ed Nell arranged for him to meet Adolph Lowe in order that his outstanding dissertation on the origins of modern growth theory could be made into a book. Alas, this never came about. Luckily, Peter Kriesler's outstanding M.Ec. thesis on Kalecki's price theory became a well-received book. …

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