John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith is professor emeritus of economics at Harvard University. He first entered government service in 1940 as an economic adviser to the National Defense Advisory Committee. He subsequently served during World War II as deputy administrator in charge of the price division of the Office of Price Administration and director of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey in 1945. For this latter service, Professor Galbraith was recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. After the war, he became director of the State Department Office of Economic Security Policy. From 1943 to 1948, he was a member of the board of editors of Fortune magazine.

A speech writer and policy adviser for presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy, Professor Galbraith was appointed by President Kennedy as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India. He has also served as president of the American Economics Association and chairman of Americans for Democratic action.

His books on economic theory and national affairs have included American Capitalism, The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State, Economics and Public Purpose, Money: Whence It Came, Where It Went, The Age of Uncertainty,The Nature of Mass Poverty, and A Life in our Times.