John Crawford (economist)

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Sir
John Crawford
AC
Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture
In office
4 May 1950 – 11 January 1956
Secretary of the Department of Primary Industry
In office
11 January 1956 – 15 February 1956
Secretary of the Department of Trade
In office
11 January 1956 – 31 August 1960
Personal details
Born John Grenfell Crawford
4 April 1910
Hurstville, Sydney
Died 28 October 1984(1984-10-28) (aged 74)
Canberra, Australia
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Lady Jessie Crawford (née Morgan)
Children One daughter
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Economist and administrator

Sir John Grenfell Crawford AC CBE (4 April 1910 – 28 October 1984) was an economist and a key architect of Australia's Post-War growth.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Hurstville, Sydney, Crawford was the tenth of twelve children of Henry Crawford and Harriet Isabel Crawford, née Wood.[1] Crawford was educated at Sydney Boys High School and the University of Sydney.[2] Crawford married Jessie Morgan on 18 May 1935 and together they had a daughter.[3]

Among the positions he held were Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture (later Primary Industry) from 1950 to 1956, Adviser to the World Bank, Washington D.C., Director, Australian Japanese Economic Research Project, and Chairman, Advisory Board, Australian Development Assistance Agency 1975‑77. He was Chancellor of the Australian National University from 1976 to 1984.

Awards and honours[edit]

Crawford was named Australian of the Year in 1981.[4]

The Australian National University annually awards the J.G. Crawford Prize.[5] The Crawford School of Economics and Government and the J. G. Crawford Chair in Economics (both at the ANU) are named after Sir John Crawford. The Crawford Fund, a body established in Australia to support research into agriculture to assist developing countries, was also named in his honour.

In 2009, a street in the Canberra suburb of Casey was named John Crawford Crescent in Crawford's honour.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, J.D.B., "Crawford, Sir John Grenfell (Jack) (1910–1984)", Australian Dictionary of Biography (Australian National University), archived from the original on 2 May 2013 
  2. ^ CP 4: Sir John Grenfell CRAWFORD AC, CBE, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 31 March 2014 
  3. ^ "Crawford, Lady Jessie (1907–1987)", Obituaries Australia (Australian National University), archived from the original on 19 May 2013 
  4. ^ Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5. 
  5. ^ Spate, Oskar, Crawford, Sir John Grenfell (Jack) (1910–1984), Australian National University, archived from the original on 10 November 2013 
  6. ^ John Crawford Crescent, ACT Government Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, archived from the original on 27 February 2014 
Government offices
Preceded by
Edwin McCarthy
Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture
1950 – 1956
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Primary Industry
Succeeded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Trade
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture
Secretary of the Department of Primary Industry
1956
Succeeded by
Jim Moroney
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture
Secretary of the Department of Trade
1956 – 1960
Succeeded by
Alan Westerman
Academic offices
Preceded by
H. C. Coombs
Chancellor of the Australian National University
1976 – 1984
Succeeded by
Richard Blackburn