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Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
Born 4 February 1906
Constanţa, Kingdom of Romania
Died 30 October 1994 (1994-10-31) (aged 88)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Nationality Romanian
Alma mater University of Bucharest, Paris Institute of Statistics, University College London
Known for Utility theory, consumer choice theory, production theory, biophysical economics, ecological economics
Spouse(s) Otilia Georgescu-Roegen,
b. Busuioc
Awards The Harvie Branscomb Award
Scientific career
Fields Economics, mathematics, statistics
Institutions University of Bucharest(1932–46), Harvard University(1934–36), Vanderbilt University(1950–76), Graduate Institute of International Studies(1974), University of Strasbourg(1977–78)
Academic advisors Traian Lalescu, Émile Borel, Karl Pearson, Joseph Schumpeter
Doctoral students Herman Daly
Other notable students Kozo Mayumi, Muhammad Yunus
Influences Aristotle, Rudolf Clausius, Ernst Mach
Influenced Herman Daly, Kozo Mayumi, Jeremy Rifkin, Cutler J. Cleveland, John M. Gowdy, André Gorz, Joan Martinez Alier, Jacques Grinevald, Serge Latouche, Malte Michael Faber, Mauro Bonaiuti

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen (born Nicolae Georgescu, 4 February 1906 – 30 October 1994) was a Romanian American mathematician, statistician and economist. He was best known today for his 1971 magnum opus The Entropy Law and the Economic Process. He was a key figure in the creation of ecological economics.

Several economists have hailed Georgescu-Roegen as a man who lived well ahead of his time, and some historians of economic thought have proclaimed the ingenuity of his work.

(Italian website)
(Introduction to the interview in Spanish (Castilian), the interview itself in English)
(Obituary)
(A thorough account of the historical development of ecological economics, including Georgescu-Roegen's contribution)
(A brief perspective on Georgescu-Roegen's entropy view)
(Blog lamenting the fact that Georgescu-Roegen was never awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics)
(Article speculating on one possible source of inspiration for the pontiff's controversial encyclical on ecological concerns)
(Article shedding some light on 'the famous entropy pessimist')


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