Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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Mervyn King

Former Governor
Bank of England
Ta-Chung Liu Distinguished Visitor, 2014-15
4/3/15 4/15/15

Mervyn King has had a prolific career spanning the breadth of economic science and policymaking. Most recently, as governor of the Bank of England, he guided the British economy through the turbulence of 2008 financial crisis.

After his retirement from the Bank of England in 2013, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him a life peer and he serves in the House of Lords.

King began his career at the Bank of England in 1990 as a non-executive director and was named an executive director the next year. He became the central bank's chief economist in 1997 and its deputy governor in 1998. In 2003, King assumed his role as governor of the Bank of England and chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee before stepping down in 2013.

Early in his career, he taught at University of Cambridge and University of Birmingham. He went on to serve as a visiting professor at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He became a professor at the London School of Economics in 1984.

He is a knight of the Order of the Garter and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire. He also is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds honorary degrees from numerous universities.

He recently spent a semester as a visiting professor at the New York University Stern School of Business and the School of Law.

A lifelong sports fan, King now serves as a patron of the Worcestershire Country Cricket Club and a director of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

He studied at King's College and St. John's College at Cambridge, and then at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar.

Previous Visits:

  • Academic year 2012-13