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Barbara Ward

British economist; life peer (1914-1981)

Barbara Ward is ...


Born 23 May 1914 in Heworth
Died 31 May 1981 in Lodsworth
Age 67 years
Cause cancer

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship United Kingdom and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation economist, journalist, writer and politician
Position held Member of the House of Lords
Awards Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Albert Medal, honorary doctorate at the Laval University, AAAS Fellow and honorary doctor of the University of Alberta
Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Educated at University of Paris and Somerville College

About Barbara Ward

Barbara Ward was a British economist and life peer who left an indelible mark on the world of economics and international relations. Born on May 23, 1914, in York, England, Ward was a trailblazer in her field, known for her groundbreaking work on development economics and her advocacy for the global poor.

Ward's career began in the 1940s, when she worked as an economist for the British government. She quickly gained a reputation as a brilliant thinker and writer, and her work caught the attention of the international community. In 1948, she published her first book, "The International Share-Out," which argued for a more equitable distribution of resources among nations.

Over the next few decades, Ward continued to write and speak on issues related to development economics and international relations. She was a frequent contributor to publications like The Economist and The New York Times, and she served as an advisor to several governments and international organizations.

Ward's most famous book, "Spaceship Earth," was published in 1966 and became a bestseller. In it, she argued that the world's resources were finite and that humanity needed to work together to ensure their sustainable use. The book was a precursor to the modern environmental movement and helped to popularize the concept of "sustainability."

In recognition of her contributions to economics and international relations, Ward was made a life peer in 1976, taking the title Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth. She continued to work and write until her death in 1981.

Ward's legacy lives on today, as her ideas and insights continue to shape the way we think about development, sustainability, and global cooperation. She was a true visionary, and her work remains as relevant and important today as it was when she first began writing.


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