Biographical

Biographical

I was born in Detroit, Michigan to Abraham Isaac Milgrom and Anne Lillian Milgrom nee Finkelstein. Abraham Milgrom was born in Canada to Polish-Jewish immigrants, and Anne Finkelstein in Detroit, Michigan, to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants. I am the second of the Milgroms’ four sons; Stuart is my older brother and Barry and Steven my younger twin…

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I was born April 22, 1943 in New York City, where my parents were then living. I was their second child, but the first to survive. Three years later, after my sister was born, we moved to Woodmere, Long Island, a prosperous Jewish suburb on the south shore, known, like Great Neck on the north…

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1. Overview at age 83 After rocky early years, I had a happy youth in a small town, and then stumbled through eight years at Harvard, emerging with little sense of what to do next, until I moved to Stanford where my research thrived. A minor project on adverse selection in auctions led me to…

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I first saw light in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, at the dawn of World War II. My earliest memories are of the warm climate, skiing in winter, trout fishing in summer, and a fragrant alfalfa field outside my window. How did I get from an alfalfa field in New Mexico in the 1940s to Stockholm…

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Summary I was born (14 April 1951) in Leicester, England but spent most of my childhood in the Gold Coast (later Ghana). The family returned to England in 1964, settling in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There I went to the Royal Grammar School, which developed my interests in chemistry and biology and set me on a path to…

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Early life I was born March 10, 1941 to Albert Mark Smith II (March 2, 1908 to February 3, 1978) and Jessie Patton Biggs Smith (September 14, 1909 to June 14, 2000). My brother Mark (A. Mark Smith III) was born December 29, 1942 and my sister Helen (now Helen Boyd) was born June 22,…

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A rthur Ashkin’s father, Isadore Ashkenazi, was born in Tsarist Russia in 1891. Isadore was brought up with his older brother, Harry, both shown in Figure 1, in an orphan asylum and never told of the circumstances of how they ended up there. As it turned out, his brother made the mistake of not leaving…

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I’d like to write this autobiographical sketch in a concise, chronological way, based on the reliable passage of time and its usual markers – the years. Then I would see my life as a linear process, gradually accumulating knowledge and experience, even leading towards a goal of some kind. Or at least aiming for one.…

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Prologue Burning wooden walls collapsed in front of us. I was on the back of my mother, who was running away from our burning house, gasping for air. Although I was just three and a half years old, I vividly remember this scene that seems to be engraved forever in my memory. It was one…

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