Joan Robinson

Joan Robinson was one of the most renowned macroeconomists of the 20th century. Although eclectic in her interests, her main fame is to have contributed to and developed Keynsian economic theory. Born in 1903, she read Economics at Girton from 1922-25. In 1926 she married another Cambridge Economist, Austin Robinson. She taught at Cambridge from 1931 to 1971, becoming a full professor in 1965. In 1965 she became an Honorary Fellow of Girton. In 1979 she became the first woman to be made an honorary fellow of King's College. She was believed by many to have been deserving of the honour of a Nobel Prize.

In the 1930's she participated in the debates in Cambridge that helped promote the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes. She established her role in 1933 with the publication of her book 'The Economics of Imperfect Competition'. In addition to teaching Keynsian theory, she also wrote articles to introduce economic theory to those outside academic life. From the 1940's she took an increasing interest in Marxist economics, and in later life made several trips to China.

Mary Wrenn was appointed as the first Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics in October 2011.

Girton has a thriving Economics society named the Joan Robinson Society, which organises termly speaker meetings as well as regular social events