In Memoriam: John Hudson

John Hudson, dear friend and respected contributor to UNU-WIDER, passed away on 13 July 2018 at the age of 71. He provided significant research support to the UNU-WIDER Re-Comm project and became an important and valued member of the UNU-WIDER network.

John Hudson, Professor of Economics at Bath University, had a long and distinguished career.

He grew up in Birmingham, UK, and started out his working life in the engineering industry in the West Midlands before studying economics in his mid-twenties. After graduating from the University of Warwick he lectured at a number of universities until he found his home at the University of Bath in 1978. There he was Lecturer in Econometrics, Advanced Econometrics, Mathematical Economics and Macroeconomic Modelling from 1978 to 1990 when he was promoted to Reader in Economics. From 2002 until his passing, he held the title of Professor of Economics.

Those who worked with John remember him as hard working, patient, generous and kind. His hard work led him to preparing numerous reports for government bodies, publishing over eighty articles in international academic journals, and releasing five books.

John believed strongly that economic research should be relevant to current real-world problems. A key area of interest, and what he became best known for, is his work in development economics, namely the real-world connection between economic growth and aid. 

His writings continue to provide guidance and inspiration, and his passion and depth of knowledge is evident in all that he did. As a researcher, a teacher, and a friend, John will be dearly missed.