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economist , educator , historian

Robert William Fogel, American economist, historian, educator. Recipient Arthur H. Cole prize, Journal Economic History, 1968, Schumpter prize, 1971, Bancroft prize in American history, Columbia University, 1975, Gustavus Myers prize for human rights, 1990, Nobel prize in economics, 1993, Distinguished Alumnus award, Johns Hopkins University, 2000; fellow, Social Science Research Council, 1960.


Fogel, Robert William was born on July 1, 1926 in New York City. Son of Harry Gregory and Elizabeth (Mitnik) Fogel.


Bachelor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1948. Master of Arts, Columbia University, New York City, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1963.

Master of Arts (honorary), University Cambridge, England, 1975. Master of Arts (honorary), Harvard University, 1976. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Rochester, 1987.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Palermo, Argentina, 1994. Doctor of Science (honorary), State University of New York, Binghamton, 1999. Doctor of Science (honorary), University London, 2009.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brigham Young University, 1995. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Lund University, 2005.


Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, 1958-1959; assistant professor, U. Rochester, 1960-1964; Ford Foundation visiting research professor, University of Chicago, 1963-1964; associate professor, University of Chicago, 1964-1965; professor economics, University of Chicago, 1965-1969; professor economics and history, University of Chicago, 1970-1975; professor economics, U. Rochester, 1968-1971; professor economics and history, U. Rochester, 1972-1975; Taussig research professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973-1974; Harold Hitchings Burbank professor political economy, professor of history, Harvard University, 1975-1981; Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Svc. professor American institutions, University of Chicago, since 1981. Pitt professor American history and institutions U. Cambridge, 1975-1976. Chairman of Commission mathematics and statistical methods in history Mathematics Social Science Board, 1965-1972.

Research associate National Bureau Economics Research, since 1978, director DAE program, 1978-1991.


  • Member, Chairman, History Advisory Committee Mathematics Social Science Board, 1965-1972. Association Columbia University Seminar Economics History, 1969-. Member, Board of Trustees, President, Economie History Association, USA, since 1972, 1977-1978.

    Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee Quantitative Methods History, University Chicago, 1974-1975. Research Association, Program Director, National Bureau of Economie Research, New York, New York, United States of America, since 1978. National Academy of Sciences, USA Committee Ageing, 1978-1981.

    President, Social Science History Association, 1980-1981.



The application of economic models and statistical methods to the analysis of long-term trends in economic development. Much of the research has focussed on the retrieval of data capable of illuminating the relationship between the current and past behaviour of households. Data sets linking together up to ten generations have been constructed to analyse the interaction of economic and cultural factors on such variables as the savings rate, the female participation rate, fertility and mortality rates, economic and social mobility, and migration rates.


Fellow Econometric Society, Royal History Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Correspondent fellow British Academy. Member European Academy Arts, Sciences and Humanities, American Economics Society (president-elect 1997), Royal Economics Society, Economics History Association (trustee 1972-1981, president 1977-1978), Economics History Society, American History Association, Association Am.Historians, Social Science History Association (president 1980-1981), Agricultural HistorySoc., American Academy Arts and Sciences, National Academy Sciences, Population Association American, International Union for Science Study of Population, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Enid Cassandra Morgan, April 2, 1949 (deceased). Children: Michael Paul, Steven Dennis.

Harry Gregory Fogel

Elizabeth (Mitnik) Fogel

Enid Cassandra Morgan

Michael Paul Fogel

Steven Dennis Fogel