Hurwicz, Leonid

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Birth 1917-08-21
Death 2008-06-24
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Biographical notes:

  • 1917 Aug. 21: Born in Moscow to Polish Jewish parents
  • 1919: Family flees back to Warsaw
  • 1938: After studying the piano, economics, and physics, graduated with a law degree from the University of Warsaw
  • 1938: Began study of economics at London School of Economics
  • 1939: Took refuge in Geneva and emigrated to the U.S. a year later
  • 1944 - 1946 : Research Associate at the Cowles Commission in Chicago, working chiefly on econometrics, a new field of study
  • 1945: Published The Theory of Economic Behavior,American Economic Review, Vol. 35, No. 5, reprinted many times, most recently in 2004
  • 1946 - 1949 : Professor of Economics at Iowa State
  • 1949 - 1951 : Professor of Economics, Maths and Statistics, University of Illinois
  • 1951 - 1999 : Professor of economics and mathematics in the School of Business Administration at the University of Minnesota.
  • 1958: Publication of Studies in Linear and Non-Linear Programming, edited by Kenneth J. Arrow, Leonid Hurwicz, and Hirofumi Uzawa, Stanford University Press
  • 1961: Became chair of the University’s statistics department
  • 1971: Publication of Preferences, Utility,and Demand, edited by John S. Chipman, Leonid Hurwicz, Marcel K. Richter, and H. Sonnenschein, Harcourt Brace Jovanovic
  • 1977: Published Studies in Resource Allocation Processes, edited by Kenneth J. Arrow and Leonid Hurwicz, Cambridge University Press
  • 1990: Awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bush
  • 2006: Published Designing Economic Mechanisms, with Stanley Reiter, Cambridge University Press
  • 2007: Oldest individual to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, shared with Eric S. Maskin of Princeton University and Roger B. Myerson of the University of Chicago for mechanism-design theory
  • 2008 June 26: Died at the age of 90 in Minneapolis

From the guide to the Leonid Hurwicz Papers, 1930-2008 and undated, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

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