Roy Weintraub

Roy WeintraubIn hmolscience, E. Roy Weintraub (1943-) is an American mathematician and economist noted for his 1991 Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge, wherein he gives a rather detailed look at the dynamics of the famous Harvard Pareto circle. [1]

Weintraub completed his AB in 1964 in mathematics at Swarthmore College and his MS (1967) and PhD (1969) both in applied mathematics, focused in economics, under advisors noted “Gibbs circle” economist Lawrence Klein and mathematician Herbert Wilf, at the University of Pennsylvania. This educational background, to clarify, would seem to put Weintraub in the lineage of what American economist Paul Samuelson refers to as the "Gibbs circle in economics": [2]

“My title could just as aptly have been: ‘The Gibbs Circle in Economics’. It would of course have begun in New Haven with Irving Fisher at its epicenter. Edwin Wilson, Gibbs’ last protégé, transported his tradition to MIT and Harvard. Lawrence Henderson, Harvard physiologist turned philosopher and zealot for Pareto’s sociology, was not quite an economist but he did proselytized for Gibbsian equilibrium in blood and elites. Wilson was my master, first among equals. Through his lineage I could claim Gibbs as my grandfather; and when my first PhD student Lawrence Klein came to generalize the Le Chatelier’s principle to quadratic forms of statistical variances, this Nobelist could claim rights to the apostolic succession.”

To this group, Samuelson adds in Jan Tinbergen and Tjalling Koopmans as two Nobel laureates in economics who showed Gibbsian Influence.

Weintraub currently is an economics professor at Duke University (see also: Adrian Bejan and Alexander Rosenberg).

1. Weintraub, E. Roy. (1991). Stabilizing Dynamics: Constructing Economic Knowledge (pgs. 63-64). Cambridge University Press.
2. Samuelson, Paul. (1989). “Gibbs in economics”, in: Proceedings of the Gibbs Symposium, Yale University, May 15-17 (editors: D.G. Caldi and George Mostow) (pgs. 255-68; Gibbs circle in economics, pg. 255). American Mathematical Society.

External links
E. Roy Weintraub – Wikipedia.
E. Roy Weintraub (faculty) – Duke University.

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