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Robert Alfred LEHFELDT

economist

Robert Alfred LEHFELDT, economist. President, Section F, South African Association Advancement Science, 1920; Founder, Vice-President, Economics Society South Africa.

Background

LEHFELDT, Robert Alfred was born in 1868 in Birmingham, W. Midlands, England.

Education

Bachelor of Science University London, 1889. Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1890.

Career

After an early successful career as a physicist, began to turn his mathematical skills to economic and sociological problems. Many of his studies were of South African questions and his appointment in 1917 to the Statistical Council of South Africa enabled him to encourage the national collecting of statistics. He was convinced that economic pressures would eventually oblige South Africa to recognise the non-white population as full citizens.

Outside South Africa he was chiefly known for his work on currency, particularly in the light of South African gold production. Professor Physics, East London College, S. Africa, 1896. Professor Physics, Professor of Economics, S. African School of Mines and Technology, 1906, 1916-1927.

Achievements

  • President, Section F, South African Association Advancement Science, 1920. Founder, Vice-President, Economics Society South Africa.

Works