Joseph Johnston (1890 - 1972):
Academic and writer
Joseph Johnston was born in Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, and was educated in Dungannon, at Trinity College, Dublin, and Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated in Classics and Ancient History. In 1914 he was awarded the Albert Cahn Fellowship and he spent a year studying economics in India, America, Java, China and Japan. He returned to Trinity College, Dublin, where he became a lecturer in Ancient History but later moved to Economics. From 1928 to 1929 he was the Rockefeller Fellow for Economic Research in Europe and in 1939 became Professor of Applied Economics. He served as a Senator of the Irish Free State for twelve years and sat on many government commissions. He published his first book in 1914, entitled Civil War in Ulster, and was a prolific writer. In 1970 he gained the degree of Doctor of Literature from Trinity College, Dublin, when he published Berkeley's Querist in Historical Perspective. He took on the management of several farms as a practical means of experimenting with agricultural economics.