George Augustine Thomas O’BRIEN, economist. Member of Seanad of Ireland, 1948-1965; President, State Society Ireland, 1942.
O’BRIEN, George Augustine Thomas was born in 1892.
Bachelor of Arts, DLitt. University College, Dublin, 1912, 1919.
Perhaps best known outside Ireland for his discovery of Ricardo’s letters to James Mill, he was Ireland’s major economic historian and most influential teacher of economics during his long tenure of the University College chair. He also sat on numerous commissions of inquiry, and wrote at length on current economic matters in the British and Irish periodical press. His economics, though avowedly taking the conventional deductive, non-mathematical form he learnt in his youth, was nondoctrinaire and responsive to trends.
He held a place of unique respect and influence in Irish economics. Barrister, 1913-1916. Journalist, 1916-1926.