John Harsanyi

1920 - 2000

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John Charles Harsanyi (Hungarian: Harsányi János Károly; May 29, 1920 – August 9, 2000) was a Hungarian Nobel Prize laureate economist. He moved to the United States in 1956, and spent most of his life there. He is best known for his contributions to the study of game theory and its application to economics, specifically for his developing the highly innovative analysis of games of incomplete information, so-called Bayesian games. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Harsanyi has received more than 265,246 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). John Harsanyi is the 100th most popular economist (down from 82nd in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from Hungary (down from 93rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Economist.

John Harsanyi was a Hungarian-born economist who is most famous for his contributions to game theory. He created the Nash Equilibrium, which is a solution to a game in which both players have made the best possible decision given the other player's move.

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Among economists, John Harsanyi ranks 100 out of 315Before him are Merton Miller, George Akerlof, János Kornai, Richard Cantillon, Douglas McGregor, and Friedrich von Wieser. After him are William Vickrey, Alan Greenspan, Alfred Weber, William Nordhaus, Vernon L. Smith, and Dale T. Mortensen.

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Among people born in 1920, John Harsanyi ranks 62Before him are Alicia Alonso, Isaac Stern, Prem Tinsulanonda, Peter D. Mitchell, Ștefan Kovács, and Jack Elam. After him are George Armitage Miller, Kim Yong-ju, Maureen O'Hara, César Rodríguez Álvarez, Arthur Hailey, and Robert Whittaker. Among people deceased in 2000, John Harsanyi ranks 40Before him are John Gielgud, Bettino Craxi, Merton Miller, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Saburō Sakai, and Leonid Rogozov. After him are Rudolf Kirchschläger, Heinz Harmel, Michael Smith, Willard Van Orman Quine, Petar Mladenov, and Friedrich Gulda.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, John Harsanyi ranks 116 out of 866Before him are Stephen IV of Hungary (1133), Gyula Grosics (1926), Archduke Joseph August of Austria (1872), Cornel Wilde (1912), Saint Emeric of Hungary (1000), and Ephraim Kishon (1924). After him are István Tisza (1861), George II Rákóczi (1621), Peter Lorre (1904), Bayan I (600), Judit Polgár (1976), and Miklós Rózsa (1907).

Among ECONOMISTS In Hungary

Among economists born in Hungary, John Harsanyi ranks 2Before him are János Kornai (1928). After him are Nicholas Kaldor (1908).