Deaton Becomes Knight Bachelor

Jun 13 2016
By B. Rose Kelly
Source Woodrow Wilson School

Angus Deaton has been named a Knight Bachelor “for his services to research in economics and international affairs.” The honor entitles him to be known as Sir Angus, or Sir Angus Deaton, and was announced as part of the Queen’s official birthday honours list.

Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare. His current research areas are in health, well-being and economic development.

“We are thrilled that Angus has been named a Knight Bachelor for his economic research and contributions to international affairs,” said Cecilia Rouse, Wilson School dean. “He is most deserving of this prestigious honor.”

The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor was officially founded in 1908, though the "knighthood is the oldest rank and dignity known to Christian civilization." It is a registered charity and seeks to uphold the dignity of Knight Bachelor and the rights of the degree of knighthood at all times, to register every duly authenticated knighthood and to advise members on matters relating to the degree.

“I am delighted that the British government has continued its excellent tradition of knighting its Nobel Laureates,” Deaton said. “It is a wonderful tribute to scholarship, and much more fun than having to find a horse, a suit of armor and a lance, so to ride into battle for the Queen.”

Sir William Arthur Lewis was the Woodrow Wilson School’s first Knight Bachelor and was knighted for his contributions to economics in 1963. Lewis won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1979 for his contributions in the field of economic development.

Click here to read the entire list of Knight Bachelors.