Nobel Laureate Week 2018
Friday, January 26th, 2018
Every year in January, the achievements of Saint Lucia two Nobel Laureates, Sir Arthur Lewis [Economics 1979] and Mr. Derek Walcott [Literature 1992] – are celebrated under the patronage Saint Lucia’s Governor General.
In 1979, the year of Saint Lucia’s Independence, Sir Arthur Lewis became the first Nobel Laureate in acknowledgement of his 1955 published work The Theory of Economic Growth , an in depth study of economic development. Sir Arthur Lewis’ theories have influenced some of the world’s most successful small island economies such as Singapore. He passed away on June 15th, 1991, but his achievements in the theory of economics are still influential on the world’s largest economies today.
Thirteen years later, in 1992, poet and playwright Derek Walcott became Saint Lucia’s second Nobel Laureate. Walcott’s epic book-length poem, Omeros, was published in 1990 to critical acclaim. In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Walcott received many literary awards over the course of his career. Derek Walcott- poet, playwright, professor, journalist and critic, passed away on March 17th, 2017.
Sources: Government of Saint Lucia, Wikipedia and Cultural Development Foundation (Saint Lucia)