John Kenneth Galbraith served as economic adviser to Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy and Johnson. Under President Roosevelt, he organized and administered the system of wartime price controls. Mr. Galbraith was a former professor, close friend and early supporter of President Kennedy, who named him Ambassador to India where he served from 1961-1963. He advocated for increased American military and economic aid for India and served as an informal economic adviser to the Indian government. As adviser to President Johnson, he helped refine the Great Society program. A lifetime proponent of Keynesian economics, Mr. Galbraith helped shape the study of liberal American economics in the twentieth century.
1908 Born, Iona Station, Ontario, Canada
1931 B.S., Ontario Agricultural College, University of Toronto
1932 M.S., University of California
1934 Ph. D., University of California
1934-39 Instructor, tutor, Harvard University
1937-38 Social Science Research Fellow, Cambridge University
1939-1940 Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University
1940 Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
1940-1941 Economic Advisor, National Defense Advisory Commission
1941-1943 Deputy Administrator in charge of price control, Office of Price Administration
1943-1948 Member, Board of Editors, Fortune magazine
1945 Director, United States Strategic Bombing Survey
1946 Director, Office of Economic Security Policy, Department of State
1948-1950 Director, Agricultural and Marketing Research, Harvard University
1949-1959 Professor of Economics, Harvard University
1959-2006 Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics, Harvard University
1961-1963 Ambassador to India
1963-1965 Adviser to Lyndon Johnson
1968 Helped Eugene McCarthy seek the democratic nomination for president
American Capitalism, the Concept of Countervailing Power, 1952.
The Great Crash, 1955.
Journey to Polandand Yugoslavia, 1958.
The Liberal Hour, 1960.
The McLandress Dimension, 1963.
Economic Development, 1964.
The Scotch, 1964.
How to Get Out of Vietnam, 1967.
The New Industrial State, 1967.
The Triumph: A Novel of Modern Diplomacy, 1968.
Ambassador's Journal: A Personal Account of the Kennedy Years, 1969.
The Affluent Society, 1969.
How to Control the Military, 1969.
Who Needs the Democrats, and What it Takes to be Needed, 1970.
A Contemporary Guide to Economics, Peace, and Laughter, 1971.
The New Industrial State, 1971.
Ralph Nader's Conference on Corporate Accountability, Washington DC, 1971.
Corporate Power in America, 1973.
A China Passage, 1973.
Economics and the Public Purpose, 1973.
Money: Whence It Came, Where It Went, 1975.
The Galbraith Reader: From the Works of John Kenneth Galbraith, 1977.
The Age of Uncertainty, 1977.
Almost Everyone's Guide to Economics (with Nicole Salinger), 1978.
The Nature of Mass Poverty, 1979.
Annals of an Abiding Liberal, 1979.
A Life in Our Times: Memoirs, 1981.
The Anatomy of Power, 1983.
A View From the Stands: Of People, Politics, Military Power and the Arts, 1986.
Economics in Perspective: A Critical History, 1987.
Capitalism, Communism and Coexistence: From the Bitter Past to a Better Prospect (with Stanislav Menshikov), 1988.
The Culture of Contentment, 1992.
A Short History of Financial Euphoria, 1993.
A Journey Through Economic Time: A Firsthand View, 1994.
The Good Society: The Humane Agenda, 1996.
Name-Dropping: From F.D.R. On, 1999.
Letters to Kennedy, 1998.
Archives and Manuscripts
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