- November 1, 1979
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Biographical / Historical
Raymond Vernon (September 1, 1913 - August 25, 1999) was born in the Bronx in New York City, NY and received his bachelor's from the City College of NY, graduating in 1933. He went on to work at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). When the war broke out, he remained with SEC, but volunteered to write Civil Affairs Guides for the Military about Japan's capital and securities markets. During this time, he got his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia in 1941. Vernon was asked to go to Japan with SEC during the occupation as an economics specialist, where he would stay until March 1946. While in Japan, he worked in the International Resources Division. After his time with SEC, he worked for the State Department. He was a member of the Marshall Plan team, worked on the development of the International Monetary Fund, and helped negotiate Japan into the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade. In 1956, he began working at Harvard University, where he later became a professor emeritus of International Affairs. He conducted research on the international economy and is regarded as the father of globalization. Raymond Vernon passed away in 1999 at the age of 85.