School of Economics

Passing of Ian Stewart

The School of Economics is deeply saddened by the passing of Ian Stewart, who served as Head of Department until the early 1980s.

Born in Bridge of Allan in 1923, Ian was educated at Fettes College and St. Andrews University. From 1948 to 1950 he was a Commonwealth Fund Fellow at the University of Chicago, the Federal Trade Commission and Harvard University. Ian spent time as a Research Officer at Cambridge University, before moving to Edinburgh in 1957.

Ian, a contemporary of Alan Peacock's at St Andrews, had acquired a reputation for his work on national income accounting and input-output analysis at the Department of Applied Economics in Cambridge. He was quickly promoted to a senior lectureship in 1958, a readership in 1962 and to a personal chair in 1967. During his time at Edinburgh, he was also a consultant to the Government of Western Nigeria, the Philippine Government, and the World Health Organisation. He served as Dean of Social Sciences in the period 1977-80. From 1971 until his early retirement in 1984, Ian Stewart served as Head of Department.

Ian was married to Mary for 63 years until her death in 2012. They had three children Fiona, Alasdair and Kate. The School of Economics sends their condolences to them at this difficult time.