John S. Flemming was educated at Rugby School, and then at Trinity College, Oxford, where in 1962 he attained a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He specialised in logic and economic theory, and was selected as a Student of Nuffield College, Oxford.
Flemming became a Lecturer and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford (1963–65) and then Official Fellow in Economics at Nuffield College (1965–80). At Nuffield College he was Bursar from 1970–79 and Emeritus Fellow from 1980 until his death. He was also a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.
John Flemming was the editor of The Economic Journal from 1976–80, Chief Adviser at the Bank of England from 1980–84, Economic Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England from 1984–88, and Executive Director from 1988–91. He was then Chief Economist of the newly created European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 1991–93 and Warden of Wadham College, Oxford from 1993–2003. He was a member of the Board of Brunel University.
- Wardens of Wadham, Wadham College, Oxford, UK.
- John F. Helliwell, Obituary: John Flemming — Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, The Independent, 12 August 2003.
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