Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen

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Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
Born4 February 1906
Died30 October 1994 (1994-10-31) (aged 88)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
NationalityRomanian
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest, Paris Institute of Statistics, University College London
Known forUtility theory, consumer choice theory, production theory, biophysical economics, ecological economics
Spouse(s)Otilia Georgescu-Roegen,
b. Busuioc
AwardsThe Harvie Branscomb Award
Scientific career
FieldsEconomics, mathematics, statistics
InstitutionsUniversity of Bucharest(1932–46), Harvard University(1934–36), Vanderbilt University(1950–76), Graduate Institute of International Studies(1974), University of Strasbourg(1977–78)
Academic advisorsTraian Lalescu, Émile Borel, Karl Pearson, Joseph Schumpeter
Doctoral studentsHerman Daly
Other notable studentsKozo Mayumi, Muhammad Yunus
InfluencesAristotle, Rudolf Clausius, Ernst Mach
InfluencedHerman 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.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • "Bibliography of Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen". Associazione Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen. Retrieved 19 October 2016. (Italian website)
  • Antonio Valero (1991). "An interview with Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen" (Location: Nashville, Tennessee). Boletín Cf+S (4). Retrieved 15 August 2016. (Introduction to the interview in Spanish (Castilian), the interview itself in English)
  • Sylvia Nasar (1994). "Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Leading Economist, Dies at 88". New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2016. (Obituary)
  • Robert Nadeau (2008). "Environmental and ecological economics". The Encyclopedia of Earth. Retrieved 11 February 2017. (A thorough account of the historical development of ecological economics, including Georgescu-Roegen's contribution)
  • Rex Weyler (2010). "Deep Green: Entropy and Ecology". Greenpeace International. Retrieved 15 August 2016. (A brief perspective on Georgescu-Roegen's entropy view)
  • Lars P. Syll (2012). "Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen and the Nobel Prize in economics". WordPress. Retrieved 23 November 2017. (Blog lamenting the fact that Georgescu-Roegen was never awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics)
  • Jonathan Mingle (2015). "Pope Francis would love the obscure theories of this dead Romanian economist". Quartz. Retrieved 15 August 2016. (Article speculating on one possible source of inspiration for the pontiff's controversial encyclical on ecological concerns)
  • Martin Sers (2017). "Georgescu-Roegen: The Genius Pessimist and the Philosopher of Process". Economics for the Anthropocene. Retrieved 31 August 2017. (Article shedding some light on 'the famous entropy pessimist')
  • "Facebook profile of Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen". Facebook. Retrieved 15 August 2016.