Widely respected Queen’s academic economist, author and lecturer

“Robert Denis Collison Black, who has died aged 86, spent the major part of his career at Queen’s University Belfast, but was also a fellow emeritus of Trinity College Dublin. Prof Black was born in Dublin in 1922. He was a precocious student, entering Trinity College at the age of 15, taking a first-class moderatorship in economics and politics and then successfully completing a PhD in economics by the age of 21. He left Dublin for Belfast in 1945, taking up a position as assistant lecturer in economics at Queen’s University. He remained there, aside from some sabbatical travels, until he retired in 1985. He was head of the department of economics at Queen’s for 23 years from 1962 to 1985. He was also dean of faculty (1967-1970) and pro-vice-chancellor (1971-75) …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 January]

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