The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Lehfeldt, Robert Alfred (1868–1927)

  • S. Herbert Frankel
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Lehfeldt was born in Birmingham on 7 May 1868 and died in Johannesburg on 11 September 1927. He obtained the BSc degree from London University in 1889 and a BA in 1890 from Cambridge, where he was at St John’s College. In 1906 he accepted the Chair of Physics in the South African School of Mines and Technology, Johannesburg. In 1913 he exchanged this for the new chair of economics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Lehfeldt was undoubtedly the leading economist in South Africa and was the correspondent of the Royal Economic society for South Africa. He contributed frequently to the Economic Journal and to the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.

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  • S. Herbert Frankel
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