North, Douglass C. (Douglass Cecil)

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Birth 1920-11-05

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1920 Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts 1941 Worked for one summer with Dorothea Lange, photographer; her husband, in Economics Department at the University of California, convinced North to study economics 1942 Received B.A. from University of California, Berkeley 1942 1946 Served in the U.S. Merchant Marines 1950 1979 Professor at University of Washington 1952 Received Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley 1956 1957 Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; his major quantitative study of the balance of payments of the United States from 1790 to 1860 led to publication of first book in 1961 1960 1966 Co-editor of the Journal of Economic History 1961 Publication of book, The Economic Growth of the United States, 1790 to 1860 1961 1961 present Director, Institute of Economic Research at Washington University 1966 Publication of book, Growth and Welfare in the American Past: A New Economic History 1966 1967 Became interested in European economic history and spent the year in Geneva as a Ford Faculty Fellow 1971 Publication of book, Institutional Change and American Economic Growth (with L. E. Davis) 1972 Elected President of the Economic History Association 1973 Publication of The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History (with R. P. Thomas) Visiting Director of the Centre de Recherche Historique at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris 1979 Professor, Rice University 1981 Publication of book, Structure and Change in Economic History 1981 1982 Professor, University of Cambridge, England 1983 Moved to Washington University in St. Louis, where he created the Center in Political Economy 1990 Publication of book, Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance 1993 Awarded Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (jointly with Robert W. Fogel) 1996 Elected as Fellow of the British Academy 1997 Advisor, World Development Report 1997: The State in a Changing World, the World Bank 2003 Awarded Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

From the guide to the Douglass Cecil North Papers, 1942-2006 and undated, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

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