Anthony (Tony) Scott

IIFET’s first Fellow, Tony Scott, a great friend and true gentleman, passed away in February, 2015.

Dr. Scott began his career as a member of the faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1954 after completing graduate work at Harvard University and the London School of Economics. With interruptions to serve in Ottawa on a royal commission staff, in Rome with the FAO, in Paris with the OECD, on the faculties at the Universities at York, Tasmania and Ottawa, and as visiting scholar at the Australian National University, Cambridge, Oxford, Chicago and Harvard, he remained on the UBC faculty until his retirement in 1989. The flag at University of British Columbia’s School of Economics, where Tony served for many years as faculty member, was lowered in Tony’s honor, on his passing.

All of IIFET appreciates the loss to our profession, and our personal loss of a beloved friend. Equally, we share the joy of the opportunity we took to honor Tony by naming him IIFET’s first Fellow, at our 2010 conference in Montpellier, France.

A short tribute to Tony Scott appears on the Fellows page of IIFET’s website here: http://

In his more detailed tribute to Tony Scott published in the journal Marine Resource Economics July 14, 2015, Gordon Munro says: “In essence, what Scott (1955a) is saying that the economics of fisheries should properly be dealt with in a capital theoretic framework. Fishery resources are to be seen as real capital assets to be managed for the benefit of future generations, as well as the current generation.” Munro maintains that “Anthony Scott was the first to place natural resource economics within a sound capital theoretic framework.”

The full text of Gordon Munro’s tribute to Tony Scott appears in MRE, at JSTOR.