5 August 1898 – 3 September 1983. Author of The Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities, sometime fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, interlocutor of Wittgenstein, who personally faced down Mussolini's demands upon him and subsequently was given refuge in Cambridge at the instigation of John Maynard Keynes.
Angels are not neo-Ricardians but Sraffa's contributions to economic thought and his intellectual importance in the history of economic theory can only be saluted. A man Cambridge can be proud to own as an outstanding intellectual of infinite courtesy and great, if retiring, charm.
Eric Hobsbawm, Communist, dead this week. Sometime fellow of King's College Cambridge. Refused a lectureship by Cambridge he obtained one from Birkbeck, University of London and then complained he wasn't promoted because of his political ideology. Never resigned from the Communist Party of Great Britain. never flinched in the face of the tens of millions of deaths and the even greater numbers of lives ruined under realised socialism in Europe. A man Cambridge can be proud to have refused (though King's might feel discomfort in accommodating him) and whose maltreatment of the English language is among the many things hard to forgive.