Angus Maddison

Born: 6 December 1926 in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Angus Maddison was educated at Cambridge and went on to do graduate work in the United States but decided not to complete his PhD at the time. Returning to Great Britain he taught for a year at the University of St. Andrews and also finally got the doctorate. In 1953 Maddison started working for the recently formed Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) and after a time became the chief of its economics department. When the organization was renamed the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) he remained as the Assistant Director of the Economic Development Department.
While there, he and Peter Aicher (father) met and became best of friends. They remained in touch after Angus Maddison took a leave of absence from the OECD that ultimately lasted fifteen years and during which he traveled the world in various economic consulting assignments.
In 1979 Angus Maddison also became a Professor at the University of Groningen with a specialty in economic history. His work in researching the economics of China over the past two millennia of its history, as well as his calculations of per-capita income in the Roman Empire, is world renowned in the field.
Angus and Peter often met when Angus passed through Paris and remained friends of the family after Peter Aicher's death in 2001. The Aicher family invited him to Latvia and he visited with them at the house in 2003. Angus Maddison passed away in France in 2010.