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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 remains the longest serving Secretary of Defense, having remained in office over seven years. He played a major role in promoting 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert McNamara has received more than 4,903,017 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Robert McNamara is the 65th most popular businessperson (down from 56th in 2019), the 723rd most popular biography from United States (down from 618th in 2019) and the 22nd 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 65 out of 601Before him are Martin Cooper, Lee Byung-chul, Roman Abramovich, Frank Williams, Margaret Hamilton, and Helena Rubinstein. After him are J. Bruce Ismay, Jakob Fugger, Calouste Gulbenkian, Larry Ellison, Boris Berezovsky, and Kiichiro Toyoda.

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Among people born in 1916, Robert McNamara ranks 23Before him are Ferruccio Lamborghini, Hans Eysenck, Yehudi Menuhin, Maurice Wilkins, Camilo José Cela, and Tsutomu Yamaguchi. After him are Frederick Chapman Robbins, Dương Văn Minh, Natalia Ginzburg, Marcel Cerdan, Peter Weiss, and Jean Dausset. Among people deceased in 2009, Robert McNamara ranks 17Before him are Millvina Dean, Farrah Fawcett, Mercedes Sosa, Ted Kennedy, Omar Bongo, and Les Paul. After him are Vivian Maier, Karl Malden, Maurice Druon, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jean Dausset, and Milorad Pavić.

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Among people born in United States, Robert McNamara ranks 723 out of 18,182Before him are Billy Graham (1918), Maya Angelou (1928), Asaph Hall (1829), Les Paul (1915), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977), and Omar Bradley (1893). After him are Dolly Parton (1946), Leon Cooper (1930), Roy Scheider (1932), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Robert H. Goddard (1882), and Robert Nozick (1938).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Robert McNamara ranks 22Before him are Robert Kiyosaki (1947), Ronald Wayne (1934), Robert Kardashian (1944), Mark Zuckerberg (1984), Martin Cooper (1928), and Margaret Hamilton (1936). After him are Larry Ellison (1944), Estée Lauder (1906), Paul Allen (1953), Larry Flynt (1942), Benjamin Guggenheim (1865), and Madam C. J. Walker (1867).