Walt Whitman Rostow

1916 - 2003

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Walt Whitman Rostow (also known as Walt Rostow or W.W. Rostow) (October 7, 1916 – February 13, 2003) was an American economist, professor and political theorist who served as National Security Advisor to President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1969.Rostow worked in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and later was a foreign policy adviser and speechwriter for presidential candidate and then President John F. Kennedy; he is often credited with writing Kennedy's famous "New Frontier" speech. Prominent for his role in the shaping of US foreign policy in Southeast Asia during the 1960s, he was a staunch anti-communist, noted for a belief in the efficacy of capitalism and free enterprise, strongly supporting US involvement in the Vietnam War. Rostow is known for his book The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto (1960), which was used in several fields of social science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walt Whitman Rostow has received more than 337,613 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Walt Whitman Rostow is the 123rd most popular economist, the 1,636th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,630th in 2019) and the 36th most popular American Economist.

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Among economists, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 123 out of 315Before him are Finn E. Kydland, Ernest Mandel, Oskar Morgenstern, Tjalling Koopmans, Franz Oppenheimer, and Klaus Schwab. After him are Robert Fogel, William Nordhaus, Kristalina Georgieva, Knut Wicksell, Eugene Fama, and Jim Rogers.

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Among people born in 1916, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 60Before him are Ray Conniff, Stjepan Filipović, Alberto Ginastera, Consuelo Velázquez, Richard Fleischer, and Jack Vance. After him are Pérez Prado, Henri Dutilleux, Lilian, Princess of Réthy, Georg Henrik von Wright, Léo Ferré, and Kristján Eldjárn. Among people deceased in 2003, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 57Before him are Jack Elam, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Fred Rogers, Denis Thatcher, László Papp, and Waichiro Omura. After him are Georg Henrik von Wright, Valentin Pavlov, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Anna Lindh, Carlo Urbani, and Moktar Ould Daddah.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 1,636 out of 15,968Before him are Don DeLillo (1936), Gene Vincent (1935), Jack Vance (1916), Fred Haise (1933), Juliet Anderson (1938), and Daniel Davis (1945). After him are Lewis Hine (1874), Alicia Rhett (1915), Robert Fogel (1926), Billy Dee Williams (1937), Phil Ochs (1940), and Saul Bass (1920).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, Walt Whitman Rostow ranks 36Before him are Thomas Schelling (1921), Lawrence Klein (1920), George Stigler (1911), Merton Miller (1923), Dale T. Mortensen (1939), and Paul Krugman (1953). After him are Robert Fogel (1926), William Nordhaus (1941), Eugene Fama (1939), Jim Rogers (1942), Thomas J. Sargent (1943), and Robert Reich (1946).