Thomas Schelling

1921 - 2016

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Thomas Crombie Schelling (April 14, 1921 – December 13, 2016) was an American economist and professor of foreign policy, national security, nuclear strategy, and arms control at the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland, College Park. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Schelling has received more than 633,728 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas Schelling is the 105th most popular economist (up from 119th in 2019), the 1,423rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,612th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular American Economist.

Thomas Schelling is most famous for his work in game theory, specifically nuclear deterrence. His work in this field helped to explain how the United States and the Soviet Union were able to avoid a nuclear conflict for so long.

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Among economists, Thomas Schelling ranks 105 out of 414Before him are Gérard Debreu, Kristalina Georgieva, Lorenz von Stein, Oskar Morgenstern, Bingu wa Mutharika, and Douglas McGregor. After him are Silvio Gesell, Adolph Wagner, Friedrich von Wieser, Rudolf Hilferding, Zhou Youguang, and Richard Stone.

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Among people born in 1921, Thomas Schelling ranks 72Before him are Farida of Egypt, Paul Watzlawick, Gérard Debreu, Karel Appel, Amin al-Hafiz, and Françoise Gilot. After him are Jack Steinberger, Robert Bruce Merrifield, Lydia Litvyak, Paul Schäfer, Geoffrey Wilkinson, and Chris Marker. Among people deceased in 2016, Thomas Schelling ranks 77Before him are Queen Anne of Romania, Thomas Luckmann, Michel Butor, Keith Emerson, Margot Honecker, and Tony Burton. After him are Iolanda Balaș, Toots Thielemans, Corry Brokken, Ashraf Pahlavi, Claude Gensac, and Takahito, Prince Mikasa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thomas Schelling ranks 1,423 out of 20,380Before him are Sondra Locke (1944), Douglas McGregor (1906), Tony Burton (1937), Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Joseph Murray (1919), and Aaron Burr (1756). After him are Hal Holbrook (1925), George Smoot (1945), Joshua Lederberg (1925), Henry Rollins (1961), Hiram Maxim (1840), and Neil Diamond (1941).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Thomas Schelling ranks 32Before him are Robert Reich (1946), Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), Claudia Goldin (1946), George Akerlof (1940), Dale T. Mortensen (1939), and Douglas McGregor (1906). After him are Thomas J. Sargent (1943), William Nordhaus (1941), Merton Miller (1923), Edward C. Prescott (1940), Jeremy Rifkin (1945), and Robert J. Shiller (1946).