Bertil Ohlin was a professor of economics at SSE between 1929 and 1965. He was awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences in 1977 for his research on international trade. With a lecture hall and a street named in his honor, his legacy remains strong.
Shortly after taking on his professorship at SSE, Ohlin published Interregional and International Trade. The book mapped out what today is known as the Heckscher-Ohlin model, and it made him a world renowned economist.
Meanwhile, Ohlin juggled his academic career with politics. He was the leader of liberal People’s Party from 1944 to 1967.
He received the Prize in Economic Sciences in 1977 together with James E. Meade “for their pathbreaking contribution to the theory of international trade and international capital movements”.
“I have found it all to be a fascinating business,” Ohlin said of his extraordinary career.
His legacy has been solidified at SSE with a lecture hall and a street named in his honor.
Read his full biography here.