Herman Daly, a world-renowned ecological economist and University of Maryland School of Public Policy professor emeritus, died October 28.
Daly championed the integration of ethics, quality of life, environment and community. His most recent article, This Pioneering Economist Says Our Obsession With Growth Must End, appeared this summer in The New York Times Magazine.
Daly's interest in economic development, population, resources, and environment resulted in over a hundred articles in professional journals and anthologies, as well as numerous books, including Toward a Steady-State Economy (1973); Steady-State Economics (1977; 1991); Valuing the Earth (1993); Beyond Growth (1996); Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics (1999); Ecological Economics: Theory and Applications (with J. Farley, 2003, 2011); Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development (2007); and From Uneconomic Growth to a Steady-State Economy (2014).
He was co-author with theologian John B. Cobb, Jr. of For the Common Good (1989; 1994) which received the 1991 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order. In 1996 he received Sweden's Honorary Right Livelihood Award, and the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999 he was awarded the Sophie Prize (Norway) for contributions in the area of Environment and Development; in 2001 the Leontief Prize for contributions to economic thought, and in 2002 the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic for his work in steady-state economics. In 2010 the National Council for Science and the Environment (USA) gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 he received the Blue Planet Prize awarded by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan.
On behalf of the entire University of Maryland community, the School of Public Policy extends our deepest sympathies to Herman’s family, friends and colleagues. We welcome community members to share condolences and remembrances in the comments below.