Kenneth Arrow
Stanford University, Committee Chair

Kenneth J. Arrow (Chair) is Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at Stanford University. He began his academic career as a research associate in the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics (1947–1949) and assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago (1948–1949). From 1949 to 1968, he served on the faculty at Stanford University, eventually becoming a professor of economics, statistics, and operations research. From 1968 to 1979, he was at Harvard University, as a professor of economics and as James Bryant Conant University Professor. He then returned to Stanford, as Joan Kenney Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research, retiring in 1991. Arrow has been a consultant to the RAND Corporation since 1948, was a staff member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1962, and has served as a member and officer of numerous academic societies, including president of the Econometric Society, the American Economic Association, the International Economic Association, the International Society for Inventory Research, and the Society for Social Choice and Welfare. He has received several awards, including the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1972. He received his doctorate in economics and master’s in mathematics from Columbia University.