Prof Peter Sinclair 1946-2020


The Royal Economic Society is deeply saddened to hear that Peter Sinclair has passed away.  He played a pivotal role in the Easter School with generations of students benefitting from his dedication.  He was an inspirational figure in UK economics with many influential students including former Prime Minister, David Cameron, who writes:

“Peter Sinclair was one of the kindest as well as one of the cleverest people I’ve ever met.  His enthusiasm for economics and solving problems was extraordinary and he inspired generations of students.  He served our country through his work for the Bank of England – and many of his students went in to public service too.  He kept in touch with his students long after they left university and continued to mentor and help them.   It was a complete privilege to know him.  My love and prayers are with Jayne and his family and many friends.”

Former RES President John Vickers writes:

“Peter gave the spark that took so many of us into Economics.  With undergraduates studying monetary economics in the 1970s, as a colleague at Oxford and later the Bank of England, as the maestro of the RES Easter School, and at a seminar in Birmingham just last month, Peter was always there for you – that extraordinarily encouraging, smiling presence combined with intellectual curiosity that went far and wide and deep.  Oh how he will be missed.”

Peter spent a large part of his career at Oxford after which he moved to the University of Birmingham.  He was known for acts of kindness and generosity particularly towards young economists.  Peter would have appreciated the efforts that so many economists around the world are making to respond to and limit the impact of COVID-19.  Redoubling our efforts in this direction can serve as a tribute to Peter.  I know that the entire RES community will join in celebrating his life and in sending heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Tim Besley