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President Emeritus and Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

Illinois, USA



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Hugo Sonnenschein is President Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He was the President of the University of Chicago from 1993 to 2000.  He has continued to offer an undergraduate course in game theory and a graduate course in microeconomic theory since becoming President Emeritus.

Previous academic positions include Provost of Princeton University and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. From 1976 to 1988 he was Professor of Economics at Princeton.

His research interests are economic theory; his most important scholarly work concerns the mathematical structure of market demand functions. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society.


He has served as President of the Econometric Society, Chairman of the Board of Argonne National Laboratories, Director of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and Member of the Civic Committee of the City of Chicago.

He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester and a Honorary Trustee of the University of Chicago. He is a Director of the Van Kampen Mutual Funds, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and several non-profit organizations.

He has received honorary doctoral degrees from six colleges and universities. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.