Prof. Julian L. Simon, of University of Maryland,
a renowned economist, statistician and demographer, and a very close friend
and advisor to Liberty Institute, passed away suddenly in February 1998.
We decided to name the Institute’s library and resource centre on liberal
and free market literature after Prof. Simon, to keep alive the spirit
of inquiry, courage and perseverance that he instilled in all those who
came in contact with him.
Prof. Simon was singularly responsible for changing the
common misperception about population. Far from considering population
growth to be a problem, Prof. Simon held that “ The ultimate resource is
people, especially skilled, spirited, hopeful young people who will exert
their will and imagination for their own benefit and in doing so, will
inevitably benefit the rest of us as well.” And the brake, he said, is
our lack of imagination because of which we devise policies that restrain
freedom, curtail choices, and dampen the spirit of inquiry and enterprise
in the people.
The unique collection at Julian L. Simon Centre is attracting
the attention of scholars and professionals alike.