Distinguished career

Kyriakos Varvaressos (1884-1957) was one of the most prominent Greek figures in the economic sciences. After studies in Athens and Germany, he was unanimously elected professor of political economy at Athens University in 1923. In 1932 he became finance minister and was also governor of the Bank of Greece from January 1939 until September 1944 and again during January-September 1945, when he assumed the post of economic adviser to the World Bank in Washington, where he remained until the end of his life. An economist with a rare theoretical background, and an unusual dedication to the exercise of economic policy, Kyriakos Varvaressos became one of the most distinguished public figures in Greece.