Professor Nicholas Crafts CBE 1949-2023

October 10, 2023 | News
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The members of the Economic History Society are deeply saddened by the death of Professor Nick Crafts. We send our deepest condolences to Nick’s family and friends. Nick was President of the Society from 2004 to 2007 and an editor of the Economic History Review from 1999 to 2005.

As an outpouring of messages has shown over the last weekend, Nick was held in the highest regard by his colleagues, a good friend to many and generous with his time in the support of other scholars. He was also, of course, one of the leading economic historians of his generation, making crucial contributions on long run economic growth and productivity both in the academic sphere and in policy development.

Nick was President of the Royal Economic Society from 2022 to 2023. He was also a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Economic History Association, and a Fellow of the Cliometric Society. He was made a CBE in 2014.

A full tribute to Nick has been posted on The Long Run Blog.


Phillipp Schofield

President, Economic History Society

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