Robert McNamara

1916 - 2009

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Robert Strange McNamara () (June 9, 1916 – July 6, 2009) was an American business executive and the eighth United States Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He played a major role in escalating the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. McNamara was responsible for the institution of systems analysis in public policy, which developed into the discipline known today as policy analysis.He was born in San Francisco, California, graduated from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School and served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, Henry Ford II hired McNamara and a group of other Army Air Force veterans to work for Ford Motor Company. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert McNamara has received more than 4,241,707 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Robert McNamara is the 56th most popular businessperson (up from 67th in 2019), the 618th most popular biography from United States (up from 710th in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Businessperson.

Robert McNamara served as the Secretary of Defense for most of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He is most famous for being a key player in the escalation of the Vietnam War.

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Among businesspeople, Robert McNamara ranks 56 out of 604Before him are Johns Hopkins, Madam C. J. Walker, Aga Khan IV, Joan Gamper, J. Bruce Ismay, and Calouste Gulbenkian. After him are Paul Allen, Giovanni Agnelli, Margaret Hamilton, Rupert Murdoch, Li Ka-shing, and Fred Trump.

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Among people born in 1916, Robert McNamara ranks 21Before him are Herbert A. Simon, Ferruccio Lamborghini, João Havelange, Yehudi Menuhin, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, and Maurice Wilkins. After him are Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Camilo José Cela, C. Wright Mills, Alexander Prokhorov, Peter Finch, and P. W. Botha. Among people deceased in 2009, Robert McNamara ranks 16Before him are Millvina Dean, Maurice Jarre, Farrah Fawcett, Ted Kennedy, Corazon Aquino, and Les Paul. After him are Mercedes Sosa, Vivian Maier, Maurice Druon, Ralf Dahrendorf, Omar Bongo, and Bobby Robson.

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Among people born in United States, Robert McNamara ranks 618 out of 15,968Before him are Oliver E. Williamson (1932), Owen Chamberlain (1920), Eugene O'Neill (1888), John Huston (1906), Kenny Rogers (1938), and Harold Lasswell (1902). After him are Kary Mullis (1944), John Browning (1855), Robert Ludlum (1927), Victor Fleming (1889), Joe Louis (1914), and Philip Johnson (1906).

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Among businesspeople born in United States, Robert McNamara ranks 20Before him are Steve Ballmer (1956), Robert Kardashian (1944), Jeff Bezos (1964), Robert Kiyosaki (1947), Johns Hopkins (1795), and Madam C. J. Walker (1867). After him are Paul Allen (1953), Margaret Hamilton (1936), Fred Trump (1905), Estée Lauder (1906), Martin Cooper (1928), and Benjamin Guggenheim (1865).