An Introduction to Their Careers and Main Published Works
THE 1983 NOBEL MEMORIAL LAUREATE GERARD DEBREU GERARD DEBREU Gerard Debreu (b. 1921) © The Nobel Foundation Gerard Debreu was born in Calais, France in 1921. He studied at the École Normal Supérieure, Paris in the early 1940s and obtained his degree in mathematics from the University of Paris in 1946. From 1946 to 1948 he was a research associate at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientiﬁque in Paris. In receipt of a Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship (1948–50), he spent time in the United States (where he visited Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Columbia University), Sweden (where he visited the University of Uppsala) and Norway (where he visited the University of Oslo). From 1950 to 1955, he was a research associate at the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. In 1956 he obtained his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Paris. He moved from Chicago to New Haven, Connecticut in 1955 when the Cowles Commission moved from the University of Chicago to Yale University. He was associate professor at the renamed Cowles Foundation until 1961. In 1962 he joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as Professor of Economics, and in 1975 was appointed Professor of Mathematics, the same year he became a US citizen. Since 1986, Debreu has been Professor of Economics and Mathematics, Emeritus, at Berkeley. 134 GERARD DEBREU Debreu’s many ofﬁces and honours include the presidencies of the Econometric...
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