John Kenneth Galbraith

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Birthday
15, 1908
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Apr 29, 2006 (97)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
15, 1908
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Apr 29, 2006 (97)

About

Harvard economist who wrote the bestselling trilogy of American Capitalism (1952), The Affluent Society (1958), and The New Industrial State (1967). He also served as editor of Fortune magazine and had a career as a United States diplomat, serving as U.S. Ambassador to India during John F. Kennedy's presidency.

Before Fame

He studied agricultural economics at the University of Toronto and later received his Ph.D. in the same field from the University of California-Berkeley. During the 1930s, he taught at Harvard University.

Trivia

He was the 1946 recipient of The Medal of Freedom. Nearly five decades later, he was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Family Life

He was born in Ontario, Canada to Sarah Catherine Kendall and Archibald Galbraith. He had four sons with his wife, Catherine Merriam Atwater, to whom he was married for nearly seven decades.

Associated With

He worked as a U.S. diplomat under several Democratic administrations, including that of Harry S. Truman.

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