William D. Clark

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William Donaldson Clark (1916–1985) was an English economist and public servant.[1]

He was born July 28, 1916, in the Northumbrian town of Haltwhistle, the son of John McClare Clark and Marion Jackson. He graduated from Oriel College, Oxford, and after attended the University of Chicago in 1938 as a Commonwealth Fellow.

During World War II he worked doing public relations for Britain in the United States. In the early 1950s he was a foreign affairs correspondent for The Observer. He was press secretary to Anthony Eden during the Suez Crisis, but resigned shortly afterwards.[2] The first director of the Overseas Development Institute from 1960 to 1968, he then joined the World Bank. From 1974 to 1980 he was Vice President in Charge of External Affairs of that body.[2]


  1. ^ Herbert, Nicholas. "Clark, William Donaldson". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30936.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b "William Clark Dies in Britain; Writer Was World Bank Aide", New York Times, 29 June 1985

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