The Canadia-born economist John Kenneth Galbraith has died at the tender age of 97. These days, Galbraith will be considered an eccentric within the field for two reasons: He was what Europeans would call a Social Democrat rather than a conservative and relied on qualitative analysis rather than formal modelling in his work.
Galbraith did play some role in my education through the TV-series “The Age of Uncertainty” which followed the development of the global economy and Economics from the 18th Century onward and which was screened by Danish television back around 1980.
For Brad deLong’s take on Galbraith, read this review of Richard Parker’s biography.
Update: In fact, Brad deLong reposted his review on his blog instead of writing an obituary (that would have had basically the same content). The comments are actually worth reading as well.