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1Name:  Dr. Richard S. Dunn
 Institution:  American Philosophical Society & University of Pennsylvania & McNeil Center for Early American Studies
 Year Elected:  1998
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  303. History Since 1715
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1928
   
 
Richard S. Dunn is a leading historian within the generation of scholars, working from the 1960s onward, who have collectively redefined the character and dimensions of early American history. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1955. He taught history at the University of Pennsylvania from 1957-96 and was the founder of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, now the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, which he directed from 1978-2000. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1998. Dr. Dunn has written extensively on American, Caribbean and European history. Each of his major publications demonstrates his mastery of a different historical genre - Puritans and Yankees (New England family history); Sugar and Slaves (Caribbean social history); The Age of Religious Wars (early modern European political history); (with Mary Maples Dunn) The Papers of William Penn; and The Journal of John Winthrop (documentary editing). His book A Tale of Two Plantations (2015) compares the individual and group experiences of the thousand slaves who lived on a well-documented Jamaican plantation between 1760 and 1830 with the experiences of the thousand slaves who lived on a similarly well-documented Virginia plantation between 1800 and 1865. Dr. Dunn served as Co-Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society from 2002-2007. In 2008 he received the Heisenberg Medal, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his efforts in fostering trans-Atlantic collaborations and dialogues in the humanities and in 2017 he received the American Historical Association's Award for Scholarly Distinction in recognition of lifetime achievement.
 
2Name:  Dr. Dale W. Jorgenson
 Institution:  Harvard University
 Year Elected:  1998
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  302. Economics
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1933
   
 
Dale W. Jorgenson is the Samuel W. Morris University Professor at Harvard University. He received a BA in economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1955 and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1959. After teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Harvard faculty in 1969 and was appointed the Frederic Eaton Abbe Professor of Economics in 1980. He served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 1994-97. Dr. Jorgenson has been honored with membership in the American Philosophical Society (1998), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1989), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1978) and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (1969). He was elected to Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1982), the American Statistical Association (1965), and the Econometric Society (1964). Dr. Jorgenson served as President of the American Economic Association in 2000 and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Association in 2001. He was a Founding Member of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy of the National Research Council in 1991 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 1998. He also served as Chairman of Section 54, Economic Sciences, of the National Academy of Sciences from 2000-03 and was President of the Econometric Society in 1987. Dr. Jorgenson received the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association in 1971. This Medal is awarded every two years to an economist under forty for excellence in economic research. The citation for this award reads in part: "Dale Jorgenson has left his mark with great distinction on pure economic theory (with, for example, his work on the growth of a dual economy); and equally on statistical method (with, for example, his development of estimation methods for rational distributed lags). But he is preeminently a master of the territory between economics and statistics, where both have to be applied to the study of concrete problems. His prolonged exploration of the determinants of investment spending, whatever its ultimate lessons, will certainly long stand as one of the finest examples in the marriage of theory and practice in economics." Dr. Jorgenson has conducted groundbreaking research on information technology and economic growth, energy and the environment, tax policy and investment behavior and applied econometrics. He is the author of 241 articles in economics and the author and editor of thirty-one books. His collected papers have been published in ten volumes by The MIT Press, beginning in 1995. His most recent book, Information Technology and the American Growth Resurgence, co-authored with Mun Ho and Kevin Stiroh in 2005, represents a major effort to quantify the impact of information technology on the U.S. economy. Another volume, Lifting the Burden: Tax Reform, the Cost of Capital, and U.S. Economic Growth, co-authored with Kun-Young Yun in 2001, proposes a new approach to capital income taxation, dubbed "A Smarter Type of Tax" by The Financial Times. Sixty-five economists have collaborated with Dr. Jorgenson on published research. An important feature of his research program has been collaboration with students in economics at Berkeley and Harvard. Many of his former students are professors at leading academic institutions in the United States and abroad, and several occupy endowed chairs. Dr. Jorgenson was born in Bozeman, Montana in 1933 and attended public schools in Helena, Montana. He is married to Linda Mabus Jorgenson, who is an attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Professor and Mrs. Jorgenson reside in Cambridge.
 
3Name:  Dr. Randall Kennedy
 Institution:  Harvard Law School
 Year Elected:  1998
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  304. Jurisprudence and Political Science
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1954
   
 
Randall Kennedy is a creative thinker whose work reaches beyond the usual boundaries of legal scholarship into the social sciences and the analysis of contemporary American society. In the noisy thicket of the Harvard Law School these last years, he remains balanced, constructive, and civil, detached from the ideologies of the far left and right. On issues of race and of the relationship between the states and the federal government in this country, his is an analytical and increasingly influential voice. His legal and historical studies in the Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal are supplemented by his book, Race, Crime and the Law, in which he discusses highly complex issues of the greatest importance to our country in a manner that the New York Times characterized as "all encompassing in its transracial humanity." Dr. Kennedy is also the author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002); Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity and Adoption (2003); Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal (2008); The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011); and For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013). He has served on the Harvard Law School faculty since 1984 and has been Michael R. Klein Professor of Law since 2005.
 
4Name:  Dr. Barbara B. Oberg
 Institution:  Princeton University
 Year Elected:  1998
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  303. History Since 1715
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1942
   
 
Until her retirement in 2014, Barbara Oberg was the General Editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, a comprehensive edition of Jefferson's writings and correspondence (a project begun by the late Jefferson scholar and member of the Society, Julian P. Boyd). She was also a Lecturer with the rank of Professor in the Department of History at Princeton University, and is now Senior Research Scholar in the Department of History. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, where her primary fields of study were eighteenth-century British intellectual history and American history of the early republic. Her academic endeavors have centered on the transatlantic enlightenment, beginning with the English materialist philosopher David Hartley and then moving across the ocean to two of his American scientific correspondents, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Dr. Oberg also served as the editor of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University from 1986-99, during which time seven volumes of Franklin's correspondence were published. She has co-edited two collections of essays, Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards and the Representation of American Culture and Federalists Reconsidered, and is the author of numerous articles and reviews. She has served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Society for Textual Scholarship, and the Association for Documentary Editing. In 2004 she received the Julian P. Boyd Award for distinguished contributions to American History and Culture from the Association for Documentory Editing. In 2018 she was elected to membership in the Society of American Historians. Dr. Oberg was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society in 1998.
 
5Name:  Dr. Thomas Sowell
 Institution:  Hoover Institution
 Year Elected:  1998
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  302. Economics
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1930
   
 
Thomas Sowell has served as Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution since 1995. His books Say's Law and Knowledge and Decisions are important contributions to the literature of classical economics, and he has been a pioneer in analyzing the effect of racial and ethnic differences in terms of economic theory and based on evidence from a wide range of cultures. His many writings in the area are important statements of an absolutely independent mind. In addition, he has written widely for the public as a strong defender of personal freedom, private markets and free enterprise. Dr. Sowell received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1968 and has served on the faculties of Cornell University (1965-69), Brandeis University (1969-70) and the University of California, Los Angeles (1970-72). Among his other publications are Black Education: Myths and Tragedies (1972); Ethnic America (1981); Marxism: Philosophy and Economics (1985); A Conflict of Visions (1987); The Vision of the Self-Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy (1995); Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy (2000); Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study (2004); Black Rednecks and White Liberals (2005); and On Classical Economics (2006).
 
6Name:  Dr. Frederic Wakeman
 Institution:  University of California, Berkeley
 Year Elected:  1998
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  303. History Since 1715
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1937
 Death Date:  September 14, 2006
   
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