David K. Richards (1939-2015) was a friend and adviser to the Joint Center for History and Economics, at Cambridge and at Harvard, over many years. He was a participant in Center events, a wonderful observer of economic history, and, with Carol Richards, an immensely generous supporter of the Center's work. One of the many interviews with him, in Barron's, began, "Of all the people we interview, David Richards strikes the deepest chord with readers. His interviews seem to be the ones that get tacked to walls or saved in a desk drawer, treasures of insight and wisdom." We miss him greatly.
The Joint Center for History and Economics is based at Harvard University and at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge. It was established at Harvard in 2007 to promote research and education on subjects of importance for historians and economists, including the history of economic thought, economic history, and the application of economic concepts to historical problems. The objective of the Center is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance.
The Center is supported by a generous gift from the David K. and Carol Richards Fund. In conjunction with its counterpart Centre at the University of Cambridge, the Harvard Center undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars and exchanges of undergraduate and graduate students. It provides the base for current research projects on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, on Energy History, and on Visualizing Historical Networks, as well as for the History Project and the Prize Fellowship Program in Economics, History and Politics.
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