In memory of Lennart Hjalmarsson

Professor emeritus Lennart Hjalmarsson has passed away suddenly, leaving us in grief and at a loss.

Lennart was awarded his PhD in 1976 and by 1979 was already a full professor of the University of Gothenburg.

Lennart published a large number of articles in the most prestigious journals, including Econometrica, Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics and Journal of Public Economics. His research interests were mainly in industrial economics, productivity theory, energy and public economics. While much of his work has been widely cited, perhaps his most significant contribution is the work on productivity that Lennart did together with Finn Försund in Oslo. The foundations of their work were presented in the 1987 book “Analyses of Industrial Structure: A Putty-Clay Approach”.

More than anyone, Lennart was a driving force in making our department what it is today. He was also deeply engaged in the School of Business, Economics and Law and the university as a whole. Beyond the university, Lennart had numerous academic assignments at both national and international levels, and was among other things, counselor for the Romanian government.

We remember and admire Lennart for his important work. But most of all, we remember him for the person he was. He had a never ending energy and enthusiasm, and always had a smile on his face. He debated vividly and fought for research. Even if our grief is very deep, we will always remember Lennart for the enthusiastic and joyful man he was.