Robert Solow, Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of modern economics, dies aged 99

The global economic community is in mourning following the death of Robert M. Solow[1], Nobel Prize winner in economics and one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. Solow, whose groundbreaking work on the theory of economic growth shaped generations of economic policy, has died at the age of 99.

Born in 1924, Solow quickly emerged as a central figure in the field of economics after receiving his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His most notable contribution, the Solow growth model, revolutionized the understanding of how factors such as capital, labor and technology contribute to economic growth. This model, introduced in the 1950s, remains a cornerstone of economic theory and continues to influence policymakers and researchers.

Solow was honored for his innovative research with the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1987, a recognition that underscored his indelible impact on the discipline. Throughout his career, Solow distinguished himself not only for his academic research but also for his commitment to practical economic policy, advising governments and international organizations.

Beyond his academic achievements, Solow was known for his keen mind and commitment to teaching. His colleagues and students at MIT and elsewhere remember him as a generous mentor and a rigorous intellectual, whose ideas and humor left their mark on generations of economists.

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