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 489,427 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Thomas Schelling is the 99th most popular economist (down from 86th in 2019), the 1,386th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,111th in 2019) and the 30th 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 99 out of 315Before him are Douglas McGregor, Alan Greenspan, Gérard Debreu, Jeremy Rifkin, William Beveridge, and Richard Cantillon. After him are Richard Stone, Adolph Wagner, Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play, Lawrence Klein, George Stigler, and Merton Miller.

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Among people born in 1921, Thomas Schelling ranks 77Before him are Franco Corelli, Robert Bruce Merrifield, Viktor Kulikov, Gérard Debreu, Oskar Gröning, and Miklós Jancsó. After him are Amin al-Hafiz, Jack Steinberger, James Clavell, Herta Bothe, Stein Rokkan, and Dirk Bogarde. Among people deceased in 2016, Thomas Schelling ranks 69Before him are Vesna Vulović, Michel Butor, Sonia Rykiel, Edgar Mitchell, Michel Tournier, and Keith Emerson. After him are Ahmed Zewail, Gabriele Amorth, David Hamilton, Iolanda Balaș, Tony Burton, and Kenny Baker.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Thomas Schelling ranks 1,386 out of 15,968Before him are Bubba Smith (1945), Mildred Harris (1901), Joseph Franklin Rutherford (1869), Robert Whittaker (1920), Herbert Blomstedt (1927), and Clark L. Hull (1884). After him are Arthur Penn (1922), Jasper Johns (1930), Sylvia Browne (1936), Carson McCullers (1917), Conrad Hilton (1887), and Vint Cerf (1943).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Thomas Schelling ranks 30Before him are James M. Buchanan (1919), Edmund Phelps (1933), Vernon L. Smith (1927), Douglas McGregor (1906), Alan Greenspan (1926), and Jeremy Rifkin (1945). After him are Lawrence Klein (1920), George Stigler (1911), Merton Miller (1923), Dale T. Mortensen (1939), Paul Krugman (1953), and Walt Whitman Rostow (1916).