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John Kenneth Galbraith

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith

Profession: Economist and Author

Nationality:
Canada
Canadian

Why Famous: One of the most widely read American economists, John Kenneth Galbraith wrote economist texts that were also bestsellers. Of his 33 books, his best known works are "American Capitalism" (1952), "The Affluent Society" (1958) and "The New Industrial State" (1967). Galbraith was a liberal who supported government spending and criticized the increasing wealth gap in society.

Galbraith also worked for the Kennedy administration as an economist adviser and served as his US Ambassador to India.

Born: October 15, 1908
Birthplace: Iona Station, Ontario, Canada

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra

Died: April 29, 2006 (aged 97)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Married Life

  • 1937-09-17 Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (29) weds author Catherine Atwater (24) at the Reformed Church of North Hempstead in New York

Events in the Life of John Kenneth Galbraith

  • 1961-03-29 Economist John Kenneth Galbraith is appointed US Ambassador to India