Department of Economic History

School of Economics and Management

Professor Lennart Schön has left us. Lennart was a giant in our discipline and it is hard to fill the space left by his death. However, Lennart’s fighting spirit and optimism helped him to fend off the serious illness much longer than anyone thought possible. He still had a lot remaining to contribute and taught until just a few months ago. He participated in the life of the Department as a senior professor and wrote scientific works and debate articles until the very end. Lennart was a trend-setting professor, whose positive and optimistic world view influenced not just economic historians but also the public, not only through many highly appreciated talks outside of the academic world, but through recurrent participation in TV, radio and the press. We dearly miss Lennart, his subtle sense of humour, broad scholarship, sound judgement, intelligent thoughts and warm manner.