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In memory of Nick von Tunzelmann

Our former colleague and R.M Phillips Professor Nick von Tunzelmann passed away on 28 May 2019. 

Nick von Tunzelmann began his career as an economic historian at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, after obtaining an MA at Cambridge and a DPhil at Oxford. He then went on to Cambridge, where he became a Fellow of St John's College and lectured in the Faculty of Economics and Politics at Cambridge University between 1970 and 1984. He joined SPRU in 1984.

Nick has called his time at SPRU a ‘reincarnation’, suggesting that he had two careers. The first one, as a classical economic historian, stemmed from his doctorate at Oxford and developed in his highly cited 1978 book on Steam Power and British Industrialisation to 1860. The second one as an economist of innovation, a precursor of later studies in the field, and central to the training of young scholars.

Read more on his memorial page! 

Posted on behalf of: Yuki Kikuchi, University of Sussex Business School
Last updated: Friday, 31 May 2019