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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

What's new: February 2020

This update features six new biographies of men and women who worked as educators and academics. New additions include Paul Samuelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Economics; Fabiola Cabeza De Baca, who empowered rural New Mexico women; Octavius Catto, teacher at the Institute of Colored Youth in Philadelphia, civil rights activist, and baseball player; Mary Daly, the radical feminist philosopher and theologian; Robert Leslie Wharton, a Presbyterian missionary; and Mary Elizabeth Carnegie, African American nurse activist and senior editor at the American Journal of Nursing.

Paul Samuelson

Paul Samuelson (1915–2009) was a longtime MIT economist who, in 1970, became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Economics (technically the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel). The leading representative of the Keynesian age, his scholarly and popular writings reshaped mid-twentieth-century economic thought. He provided a toolbox of mathematical techniques that economists could use to construct theories about the behavior of individual agents and markets.

 

 

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FEBRUARY 27, 2020

What's new: February 2020

This update features six new biographies of men and women who worked as educators and academics. New additions include Paul Samuelson, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Octavius Cotto, Mary Daly, Robert Leslie Wharton, and Mary Elizabeth Carnegie.

JANUARY 23, 2020

What's new: January 2020

This update features ten new biographies of figures who played important roles in defining laws and rights during the twentieth century, ranging from civil rights activists, members of Congress, journalists, and lawyers.

NOVEMBER 28, 2019

What's new: November 2019

This month's update features seven new biographies, with a focus on innovators in art and architecture.