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Professor Deepak Lal, a distinguished economist and one of HP's original board members, passed away on April 30.

R.I.P. Board Member Deepak Lal (1940-2020)

By Marian L. Tupy @HumanProgress

I am sad to report the passing of Professor Deepak Lal, one of Human Progress's original board members and a distinguished economist who taught at Oxford University, the University of London and University of California – Los Angeles. He was born in Lahore, British India and died, aged 80, in London, United Kingdom. Deepak was an enthusiastic supporter of Cato's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, including Human Progress. I first met him at a Cato conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, and later interacted with him during his time as President of the Mont Pelerin Society. I learned from his deep insights on a variety of subjects, ranging from foreign policy to economic development. Deepak was an old-school gentleman with impeccable manners and a touch of irreverence, which made his company always enjoyable. I was immensely grateful to Deepak when he agreed to lend his name and credibility to the nascent Human Progress and I extend my deepest sympathies to his widow, Barbara. Finally, those who are interested in learning more about Deepak's life and career will enjoy reading a commemorative essay penned by my Cato colleague, Ian Vasquez.

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