Debreu, Gerard

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Gerard Debreu was born in Calais, France on July 4, 1921. In 1948, Debreu came to the United States on a Rockefeller Scholarship. In 1950, he began working at the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. Early in 1962, he became a member of Berkeley's Economics faculty, and his Nobel Prize of 1983 was the first of a string of four Nobel Prizes won by Berkeley Economics professors. He retired in 1991, but he continued his teaching and research activities for several years. Debreu passed away in Paris on December 31, 2004.

From the description of Gerard Debreu papers 1949-2001. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 180689800

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Gerard Debreu was born in Calais, France on July 4, 1921. As a young man he pursued studies in mathematics until 1944, when after D-day he enlisted in the French army. After briefly serving in the French occupational forces in Germany he resumed his studies and shifted his focus to Economics.

In 1948 Debreu came to the United States on a Rockefeller Scholarship. In 1950 he began working at the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. He moved to Yale University from 1955 to 1959, then Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1960 and 1961. Early in 1962 he became a member of Berkeley's Economics faculty, and his Nobel Prize of 1983 was the first of a string of four Nobel Prizes won by Berkeley Economics professors. He retired in 1991, but he continued his teaching and research activities for several years.

Debreu became an American citizen in 1975. He was also noted for his interest in human rights. He joined a fact-finding mission to Chile on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights, which focused on scientists believed to be unlawfully detained, in 1985.

Debreu passed away in Paris on December 31, 2004

From the guide to the Gerard Debreu papers, 1949-2001, (The Bancroft Library)

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creatorOf Debreu, Gerard. Gerard Debreu papers 1949-2001. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Kenneth J. Arrow Papers, 1939-2011 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Franco Modigliani Papers, 1936-2005 and undated, bulk 1970s-2003 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gerard Debreu papers, 1949-2001 Bancroft Library
referencedIn McKenzie, Lionel W. Lionel W. McKenzie papers, 1942-2004 and undated. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Andreĭ Sakharov papers, 1852-2002 (inclusive), 1960-1990 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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correspondedWith Arrow, Kenneth J., 1921- person
associatedWith McKenzie, Lionel W. person
correspondedWith Modigliani, Franco person
associatedWith National Academy of Sciences (U.S.). Committee on Human Rights. corporateBody
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Sakharov, Andreĭ, 1921-1989 person
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Economics corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Economics. corporateBody
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Birth 1921-07-04

Death 2004-12-31

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