Former pupil wins the Nobel Prize for Economic Science

Angus Deaton who is is the Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, recently won the Nobel Prize for Economic Science in recognition of his work.

The former pupil of Hawick High School attended in the 1950s and during this time his father managed to persuade teachers of the School to coach him for the Fettes Scholarship.

In the introduction to his book The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality it highlighted the efforts of his father to ensure that both him and his sister received a good education. This would have been a difficult task considering the 1872 Education Act Scotland enshrined into law the right for elementary school education up to the age of 13. However the task of delivering on this legislation fell to local school boards.

This award is the highest award globally that an economist can achieve. The staff at Hawick High School, now and in the past, who have gone above and beyond to nurture children achieve their potential were thanked.