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2010 recipient of the Economic Society of Australia Distinguished Fellow Award

06 Oct 2010

Emeritus Professor of Economics and former University of Sydney lecturer Peter Groenewegen (BEc 1st Class Hons, Sydney 1961; MEc, Sydney 1963; PhD, LSE 1965), is the 2010 recipient of the Economic Society of Australia Distinguished Fellow Award.

Having been associated with the University for more than 50 years, first as a student and then as a valued member of staff, Peter has been one of the University's longest serving representatives.

The Economic Society of Australia was founded in 1973, and aims to encourage the study of economics as well as researching local or general economic problems. The Society has been awarding the Distinguished Fellow Award annually since 1985 to honour distinguished Australian economists for their contribution to the developments in the field.

His ground-breaking work on 18th century political economy, particularly A.R.J. Turgot and the Physiocrats, has seen Peter become one of the world's most distinguished living historians of economics. But this is not a stand-alone achievement. Peter has been Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia since 1983; Foreign or Corresponding Member of distinguished Dutch, Italian and French academic societies since 1993, 1994 and 1997 respectively; Honorary Member of the European Society of the History of Economic Thought (2005) and Distinguished Fellow of the (North-American-based) History of Economics Society (2005).

Professor Peter Wolnizer, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business has described Professor Groenewegen as one of Sydney's most illustrious economic scholars, a wonderful colleague and fine contributor to the life and work of the Faculty of Economics and Business.  He described Professor Groenewegen's recently published history of the Faculty, 'Educating for Business, Public service and the Social Sciences as 'a labour of love'.  On behalf of all Faculty colleagues, Professor Wolnizer expressed his warmest congratulations to Professor Groenewegen on this prestigious award as another fitting tribute to his outstanding scholarship and collegial engagement."