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Roy Weintraub ’64

box_weintraub_roy.jpgRoy Weintraub ’64
has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society (HES). Weintraub, a Duke University faculty member since 1970, was nominated for “promoting an awareness of … the larger social and intellectual context in which economics developed.” The award citation notes that his primary research and influential historiographic approach constitute an exceptional lifetime achievement and concludes that “few modern scholars have traversed the terrain from mathematics via economics into the humanities.” Originally a mathematician, Weintraub turned to history and the investigation of how economics evolved into a mathematical science later in his career. He is also one of few economists honored with a National Humanities Center fellowship. Weintraub has published 10 books, including How Economics Became a Mathematical Science (2002), which won best book awards from both the HES and the European Society for the History of Economic Thought.

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