In Memoriam

Prof. Thomas C. Schelling was Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus in the Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs at University of Maryland, and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus at Harvard University.

In October 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics (announcement).

He held the following positions:

  • The U. S. Bureau of the Budget, 1945-46

  • The Marshall Plan in Copenhagen and Paris, 1948-1950

  • The White House and Executive Office of the President, 1951-1953

  • Associate Professor and Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1953-58

  • Senior Staff, The RAND Corporation, 1958-59

  • Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 1958-90

  • John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1969-90

  • Director, Institute for the Study of Smoking Behavior and Policy, Harvard University, 1984-90

Honors and professional activities include

  • Member, The National Academy of Sciences;

  • Member, The Institute of Medicine;

  • Fellow, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • The Frank E. Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy;

  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association;

  • The National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War, 1993;

  • President, The American Economic Association, 1991;

  • President, the Eastern Economic Association, 1995.

  • Nobel Prize for Economics, 2005

Honorary Degrees

  • Honary Doctorate from the RAND Graduate School of Policy Analysis

  • Doctorate Honoris Causa from Erasmus University in Rotterdam

He has written on

  • military strategy and arms control

  • energy and environmental policy

  • climate change

  • nuclear proliferation

  • terrorism

  • organized crime

  • foreign aid and international trade

  • conflict and bargaining theory

  • racial segregation and integration

  • the military draft

  • health policy

  • tobacco and drugs policy

  • ethical issues in public policy and in business 


  • National Income Behavior, McGraw

  • International Economics, Allyn and Bacon, 1958

  • The Strategy of Conflict, Harvard University Press, 1960

    • Selected as a "Citation Classic" by the Institute for Scientific Information, as published in Current Contents: Arts and Humanities, Vol 15 No 4 Feb 15 1993, over 1350 citations

    • Selected by the Central and East European Publishing Project as one of "the hundred books which have been most influential in the West since 1945," as published in the Times Literary Supplement (6 October 1995).

  • Strategy and Arms Control (with Morton H. Halperin), The Twentieth Century Fund, 196l

  • Arms and Influence, Yale University Press, 1966

  • Micromotives and Macrobehavior, W. W. Norton and Co., 1978

  • Thinking Through the Energy Problem, Committee for Economic Development,1979

  • Choice and Consequence, Harvard University Press, 1984

Publication list

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