Robert Solow

American economist

Robert Merton Solow (born August 23, 1924) is an American economist. He is known for his work on the theory of economic growth that grew in the exogenous growth model. It was named after him. He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal (in 1961) and the 1987 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Robert Solow
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Born (1924-08-23) August 23, 1924 (age 95)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materHarvard University
AwardsJohn Bates Clark Medal (1961)
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1987)
National Medal of Science (1999)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2014)

Solow was born on August 23, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York City.[1] He studied at Harvard University. Solow married Barbara Lewis in 1945. They had two sons and one daughter.


  1. Robert Merton Solow (1924– ). The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. Library of Economics and Liberty (2nd ed.). Liberty Fund. 2008.

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