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|Born||15 October 1908|
Iona Station, Ontario, Canada
|Died||April 29, 2006(2006-04-29) (aged 97)|
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
|Institution||Harvard University, Princeton University|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Influenced||Stephany Griffith-Jones, Robert Heilbroner, Lars Pålsson Syll, Paul A. Baran|
Galbraith was a prolific author who produced four dozen books and over a thousand articles on various subjects. Among his most famous works was a popular trilogy on economics, American Capitalism (1952), The Affluent Society (1958), and The New Industrial State (1967). He taught at Harvard University for many years. Galbraith was active in Democratic Party politics, serving in the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson; he served as United States Ambassador to India under Kennedy. Due to his prodigious literary output he was arguably the best known economist in the world during his lifetime and was one of a select few people to be awarded the Medal of Freedom, in 1946, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2000, for services to economics. The government of France made him a Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur.
 Early life and teachingGalbraith was born to Canadians of Scottish descent, Archibald "Archie" Galbraith and Sarah Catherine Kendall, in Iona Station, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Dunwich Township, Ontario. He had three siblings: Alice, Catherine and Archibald William (Bill). His early school years were spent at a one room school on Willy's Sideroad, which is still standing. The family farm is on Thomson Line. He went to school at Dutton High School. His father was a farmer and school teacher; his mother, a political activist. By the time he was a teenager, he had adopted the name Ken, and later disliked being called John. Both his parents were supporters of the United Farmers of Ontario in the 1920s. He was a very tall man, eventually growing to a height of 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm).
After initially studying agriculture, Galbraith graduated in 1931 with a B.Sc in agricultural economics from the Ontario Agricultural College, which was an associate agricultural college of the University of Toronto at the time, and then received an M.Sc. in 1933 and Ph.D. in agricultural economics in 1934 from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1934, he also became a tutor at Harvard University. In 1937, he became a United States citizen and was no longer a British subject. In the same year, he took a year-long fellowship at the University of Cambridge, England, where he was influenced by John Maynard Keynes, then traveled in Europe for several months in 1938, attending an international economic conference and developing his ideas.
Galbraith taught intermittently at Harvard in the period 1934 to 1939. From 1939 to 1940, he taught at Princeton University. From 1943 until 1948, he served as an editor of Fortune magazine. In 1949, he was appointed professor of economics at Harvard.
 World War II and Price AdministrationOffice of Price Administration during World War II. Because wartime production needs mandated large budget deficits and an accommodative monetary policy, the outbreak of inflation and a runaway wage-price spiral was seen as a very real possibility. In 1942, Roosevelt issued a General Maximum Price Regulation, followed a year later by a "Hold the Line Order" which froze prices and gave the OPA power to keep prices in check. The OPA itself – through its Consumer Division – mobilized the public on behalf of these guidelines, reducing the likelihood of "cheating" by those who would seek higher wages or prices. The result was that wages and prices were kept in check, and the U.S. enjoyed rapid growth and price stability through the war. Opposition from conservatives in Congress and the business community against the OPA undercut Galbraith and he was forced out in May 1943, accused of "communistic tendencies". He was promptly hired by Henry Luce, publisher of Time and Fortune magazines, a conservative Republican who dominated American journalism. Galbraith worked for Fortune for five years where he expounded Keynesianism to the American business leadership.
 PostwarIn February 1946, he took a leave of absence from his magazine work for a senior position in the State Department as director of the Office of Economic Security Policy. He was nominally in charge of economic affairs regarding Germany, Japan, Austria, and South Korea, the senior diplomats distrusted him, and he was relegated to routine work with few opportunities to make policy. Galbraith favored détente with the Soviet Union, and was out of step with the Containment policy then being developed by George Kennan and the State Department's policymakers. After a frustrating half year, Galbraith resigned in September 1946 and went back to his magazine writing. In 1947, along with Eleanor Roosevelt and Hubert Humphrey, he founded Americans for Democratic Action to support the cause of economic and social justice.
 Political posts under KennedyJohn F. Kennedy, Galbraith was appointed United States Ambassador to India from 1961 to 1963. His rapport with President Kennedy was such that he regularly bypassed the State Department and sent his diplomatic cables directly to the President. In India, he became an intimate of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and extensively advised the Indian government on economic matters; he harshly criticised Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of British rule, for Mountbatten's passive role in the Partition of India in 1947 and the bloody partition of Punjab and Bengal.
Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Even after leaving office, Galbraith remained a friend and supporter of India and hosted a lunch for Indian students at Harvard every year on graduation day.
Because of his recommendation, First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy undertook her 1962 diplomatic missions in India and Pakistan.
 FamilyOn September 17, 1937, Galbraith married Catherine Merriam Atwater whom he met while she was a Radcliffe student. They resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and had a summer home in Newfane, Vermont. They had four sons: J. Alan Galbraith is a partner in the prominent Washington, D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly; Douglas Galbraith died in childhood of leukemia; Peter W. Galbraith has been a US diplomat who served as Ambassador to Croatia and is a widely published commentator on American foreign policy, particularly in the Balkans and the Middle East; James K. Galbraith is a prominent progressive economist at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The Galbraiths also have ten grandchildren. 
 Later life and recognitionIn 1972 he served as president of the American Economic Association. The Journal of Post Keynesian Economics benefited from Galbraith's support, and he served as the chairman of its board from its beginning. Galbraith described his experiences in the Roosevelt administration during World War II in the television series The World At War, in which he spoke about the initial confusion about Kapok and what it was used for in the first meeting of the major leaders, and then about rationing and how there was chicanery in regards to fuel rationing.
In 1985, the American Humanist Association named him the Humanist of the Year. The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conferred its 1987 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies
In 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2000 he was awarded the U. S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland at the fall convocation of 1999. He was also awarded in 2000 with the Leontief Prize for his outstanding contribution to economic theory by the Global Development and Environment Institute. The library in his hometown Dutton, Ontario was renamed the John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library in honor of his attachment to the library and his contributions to the new building.
On April 29, 2006, Galbraith died in Cambridge, Massachusetts of natural causes, after a two-week stay in a hospital.
 WorksAlthough he was a president of the American Economic Association, Galbraith was considered an iconoclast by many economists. This is because he rejected the technical analyses and mathematical models of neoclassical economics as being divorced from reality. Rather, following Thorstein Veblen, he believed that economic activity could not be distilled into inviolable laws, but rather was a complex product of the cultural and political milieu in which it occurs. In particular, he believed that important factors such as advertising, the separation between corporate ownership and management, oligopoly, and the influence of government and military spending had been largely neglected by most economists because they are not amenable to axiomatic descriptions. In this sense, he worked as much in political economy as in classical economics.
His work included several best selling works throughout the fifties and sixties. After his retirement, he remained in the public consciousness by continuing to write new books and revise his old works as well as presenting a major series on economics for BBC television in 1977 The Age of Uncertainty.
In addition to his books, he wrote hundreds of essays and a number of novels. Among his novels, A Tenured Professor achieved particular critical acclaim.
He wrote book reviews, e.g., of The Report from Iron Mountain (a 1967 satirical book), under the pen name of Herschel McLandress.
 Economics booksGalbraith was an important figure in 20th-century institutional economics, and provides perhaps the exemplary institutionalist perspective on Economic Power.
In American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power, published in 1952, Galbraith outlined how the American economy in the future would be managed by a triumvirate of big business, big labor, and an activist government. Galbraith termed the reaction of lobby groups and unions "countervailing power." He contrasted this arrangement with the previous pre-Depression era where big business had relatively free rein over the economy.
His 1954 bestseller The Great Crash, 1929 describes the famous Wall Street meltdown of stock prices and how markets progressively become decoupled from reality in a speculative boom. The book is also a platform for Galbraith's keen insights, and humour, into human behaviour when wealth is threatened. It has never been out of print.
In his most famous work, The Affluent Society (1958), which also became a bestseller, Galbraith outlined his view that to become successful, post-World War II America should make large investments in items such as highways and education using funds from general taxation.
Galbraith also critiqued the assumption that continually increasing material production is a sign of economic and societal health. Because of this Galbraith is sometimes considered one of the first post-materialists. In this book, he coined and popularized the phrase "conventional wisdom". Galbraith worked on the book while in Switzerland, and had originally titled it Why The Poor Are Poor but changed it to The Affluent Society at his wife's suggestion. The Affluent Society contributed (likely to a significant degree, given that Galbraith had the ear of President Kennedy) to the "war on poverty", the government spending policy introduced by the administrations of Kennedy and Johnson.
In 1966, Galbraith was invited by the BBC to present the Reith Lectures - a series of radio broadcasts, which he titled The New Industrial Estate. Across six broadcasts, he explored the economics of production and the effect large corporations could have over the state.
In the print edition of The New Industrial State (1967), Galbraith expanded his analysis of the role of power in economic life, arguing that very few industries in the United States fit the model of perfect competition. A central concept of the book is the revised sequence. The conventional wisdom in economic thought portrays economic life as a set of competitive markets governed ultimately by the decisions of sovereign consumers. In this original sequence, the control of the production process flows from consumers of commodities to the organizations that produce those commodities. In the revised sequence, this flow is reversed and businesses exercise control over consumers by advertising and related salesmanship activities.
The revised sequence concept applies only to the industrial system – that is, the manufacturing core of the economy in which each industry contains only a handful of very powerful corporations. It does not apply to the market system in the Galbraithian dual economy. In the market system, composed of the vast majority of business organizations, price competition remains the dominant form of social control. In the industrial system, however, composed of the 1,000 or so largest corporations, competitive price theory obscures the relation to the price system of these large and powerful corporations. In Galbraith's view, the principal function of market relations in this industrial system is not to constrain the power of the corporate behemoths but to serve as an instrument for the implementation of their power. Moreover, the power of these corporations extends into commercial culture and politics, allowing them to exercise considerable influence upon popular social attitudes and value judgments. That this power is exercised in the shortsighted interest of expanding commodity production and the status of the few is both inconsistent with democracy and a barrier to achieving the quality of life which the new industrial state with its affluence could provide.
The New Industrial State not only provided Galbraith with another best-selling book, it also extended once again the currency of Institutionalist economic thought. The book also filled a very pressing need in the late 1960s. The conventional theory of monopoly power in economic life maintains that the monopolist will attempt to restrict supply in order to maintain price above its competitive level. The social cost of this monopoly power is a decrease in both allocative efficiency and the equity of income distribution. This conventional economic analysis of the role of monopoly power did not adequately address popular concern about the large corporation in the late 1960s. The growing concern focused on the role of the corporation in politics, the damage done to the natural environment by an unmitigated commitment to economic growth, and the perversion of advertising and other pecuniary aspects of culture. The New Industrial State gave a plausible explanation of the power structure involved in generating these problems and thus found a very receptive audience among the rising American counterculture and political activists.
A third related work was Economics and the Public Purpose (1973), in which he expanded on these themes by discussing, among other issues, the subservient role of women in the unrewarded management of ever-greater consumption, and the role of the technostructure in the large firm in influencing perceptions of sound economic policy aims.
In A Short History of Financial Euphoria (1994), he traces speculative bubbles through several centuries, and argues that they are inherent in the free market system because of "mass psychology" and the "vested interest in error that accompanies speculative euphoria." Also, financial memory is "notoriously short": what currently seems to be a "new financial instrument" is inevitably nothing of the sort. Galbraith cautions: "The world of finance hails the invention of the wheel over and over again, often in a slightly more unstable version." Crucial to his analysis is the assertion that the common factor in boom-and-bust is the creation of debt to finance speculation, which "becomes dangerously out of scale in relation to the underlying means of payment." The financial crisis of 2008, which took many economists by surprise, seemed to confirm many of Galbraith's theses.
Galbraith cherished The New Industrial State and The Affluent Society as his two best. Economist and Galbraith friend Mike Sharpe visited Galbraith in 2004, on which occasion Galbraith gave him a copy of what would be Galbraith's last book, The Economics of Innocent Fraud. Galbraith confided in Sharpe that "[t]his is my best book", an assertion Galbraith delivered "a little mischievously."
In 2010, the Library of America published a new edition of Galbraith's major works, edited by his son, James K. Galbraith: The Affluent Society & Other Writings, 1952-1967. Including American Capitalism, The Great Crash, 1929, The Affluent Society, and The New Industrial State, the edition was the first by an economist in the Library of America series.
 Some of Galbraith's ideasGalbraith's main ideas focused around the influence of the market power of large corporations. He believed that this market power weakened the widely accepted principle of consumer sovereignty, allowing corporations to be price makers, rather than price takers, allowing corporations with the strongest market power to increase the production of their goods beyond an efficient amount. He further believed that market power played a major role in inflation and argued that corporations and trade unions could only increase prices to the extent that their market power allowed them to. He argued that in situations of excessive market power, price controls effectively controlled inflation, but cautioned against using them in markets that were basically efficient such as agricultural goods and housing. He noted that price controls were much easier to enforce in industries with relatively few buyers and sellers.:244 Galbraith's view of market power was not entirely negative; he also noted that the power of US firms played a part in the success of the US economy.
In The Affluent Society Galbraith asserts that classical economic theory was true for the eras before the present, which were times of "poverty"; now, however, we have moved from an age of poverty to an age of "affluence", and for such an age, a completely new economic theory is needed. Galbraith's main argument is that as society becomes relatively more affluent, so private business must "create" consumer demand through advertising, and while this generates artificial affluence through the production of commercial goods and services, the public sector becomes neglected. He points out that while many Americans were able to purchase luxury items, their parks were polluted and their children attended poorly maintained schools. He argues that markets alone will underprovide (or fail to provide at all) for many public goods, whereas private goods are typically "overprovided" due to the process of advertising creating an artificial demand above the individual's basic needs. This emphasis on the power of advertising and consequent overconsumption may have anticipated the drop in savings rates in the USA and elsewhere in the developing world.
Galbraith proposed curbing the consumption of certain products through greater use of consumption taxes, arguing that this could be more efficient than other forms of taxation, such as labour or land taxes. Galbraith's major proposal was a program he called "investment in men" – a large-scale publicly funded education program aimed at empowering ordinary citizens.
Volume 20, issue 4 of the Review of Political Economy was dedicated to John Kenneth Galbraith's ideas.
 Criticism of Galbraith's workGalbraith's work in general, and The Affluent Society in particular, have drawn sharp criticism from laissez-faire supporters at the time of their publications. Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman in "Friedman on Galbraith, and on curing the British disease" views Galbraith as a 20th-century version of the early-19th-century Tory radical of Great Britain. He asserts that Galbraith believes in the superiority of aristocracy and in its paternalistic authority, that consumers should not be allowed choice, and that all should be determined by those with "higher minds":
Many reformers – Galbraith is not alone in this – have as their basic objection to a free market that it frustrates them in achieving their reforms, because it enables people to have what they want, not what the reformers want. Hence every reformer has a strong tendency to be averse to a free market.Richard Parker, in his biography John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Economics, His Politics, characterizes Galbraith as more complex. Galbraith's primary purpose in Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power (1952) was, ironically, to show that big business was now necessary to the American economy to maintain the technological progress that drives economic growth. However, Galbraith saw the necessity of "countervailing power", not only including government regulation and oversight, but also collective bargaining, and the persuasion that large retailers and distributors could bring to bear on large producers and suppliers. In The New Industrial State (1967), Galbraith argued that the dominant American corporations had created a technostructure that closely controlled both consumer demand and market growth through advertising and marketing. While Galbraith defended government intervention, Parker notes that he also believed that government and big business worked together to maintain stability.
Paul Krugman, who later won the Nobel Prize, in 1994 denigrated Galbraith's stature as an economist. In Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in an Age of Diminished Expectations, he calls Galbraith a "policy entrepreneur" – an economist who writes solely for the public, as opposed to one who writes for other academics, and who therefore makes unwarranted diagnoses and offers over-simplistic answers to complex economic problems. He asserts that Galbraith was never taken seriously by fellow academics, who viewed him as more of a "media personality". For example, Krugman believes that Galbraith's work The New Industrial State is not considered to be "real economic theory", and that Economics in Perspective is "remarkably ill-informed".
 Quotations"The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it. The process by which banks create money is so simple the mind is repelled. With something so important, a deeper mystery seems only decent."
- John Kenneth Galbraith writing in 'Money: Whence it came, where it went' (1975).
"There's no question that this is a time when corporations have taken over the basic process of governing."
- Galbraith in a PBS television interview on The Newshour shortly before his death.
 MemoirsThe Scotch (published in the UK under two alternative titles as Made to Last and The Non-potable Scotch: A Memoir of the Clansmen in Canada) (illustrated by Samuel H. Bryant), Galbraith's account of his boyhood environment in Elgin County in southern Ontario, was written in 1963. His description of the people he grew up among is amusing, but hardly charitable; "a gently evocative memoir of growing up in Canada that he considers his finest piece of writing."
Galbraith's 1981 memoir, A Life in Our Times stimulated discussion of his thought, his life and times after his retirement from academic life. In 2004, the publication of an authorised biography, John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics by friend and fellow progressive economist Richard Parker, renewed interest in his career and ideas.
 HonorsHe was one of the few recipients to receive the Medal of Freedom, in 1946 from President Truman, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 from President Bill Clinton. He was a recipient of Lomonosov Gold Medal in 1993 for his contributions. He was also awarded the Order of Canada in 1997 and, in 2001, the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award, for his contributions to strengthening ties between India and the United States.
Library of America series.
 Honorary DegreesGalbraith received 50 Honorary Degrees from institutions around the world:
- Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (LL.D) in 1958
- University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario (LL.D) in 1961
- University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario in 1965
- University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (LL.D) on May 20, 1965
- Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts (LL.D) in 1967
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York (LL.D) in 1967
- University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (LL.D) on 31 May 1968
- Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts (DHL) in 1968
- Albion College in Albion, Michigan (D.Litt) in 1968
- Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1970
- Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan (LL.D) in Fall 1971
- York University in Toronto, Ontario (LL.D) Spring 1976
- Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey (LL.D) in 1979
- Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa (LL.D) in 1983
- Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Hon. Doctor of Laws) in June 1988
- Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts (LL.D) in 1989
- Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw, Poland in 1992
- London School of Economics in London, England (D.Sc) on 28 June 1999
- Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, Newfoundland (D.Litt) Fall 1999
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- Robert Sobel The Worldly Economists (1980).
- Galbraith, John Kenneth (1970). "Nicholas U. Mayall". In Stone, Irving. There was light: Autobiography of a university: Berkeley, 1868–1968. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. pp. 19–31. http://books.google.com/?id=nuA7AAAAIAAJ.
- Richard Parker, John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics (2005)
- John Kenneth Galbraith. A Life in Our Times: Memoirs (1981)
- Stanfield, J. R. 1996. John Kenneth Galbraith. London: MacMillan Press.
- Stanfield, J. R., and J. B. Stanfield. 2004. Interviews with John Kenneth Galbraith. University Press of Mississippi. 9781604733822
- Stanfield, J. R., and J. B. Stanfield. John Kenneth Galbraith. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.
- John Kenneth Galbraith, Longtime Economics Professor, Dies at 97, an April 2006 Harvard Crimson article
- Dunn, SP; Pressman, S (2005). "The Economic Contributions of John Kenneth Galbraith". Review of Political Economy 17 (2): 161–209. doi:10.1080/09538250500067254. http://www.bib.uab.es/socials/exposicions/galbraith/docs/bgalbraithDunn.pdf.[dead link]
- John Kenneth Galbraith, 97, Dies; Economist, Diplomat and Writer a New York Times obituary from April 30, 2006
- Canada did not have its own citizenship at the time but later the United States and Canada acknowledged that their citizens who had taken out citizenship in the others' countries were recognized as having also retained their original citizenship and Galbraith died as he had been born – a Canadian, though he had previously already been amply honoured as a Canadian as well as American.
- Galbraith. A Life in Our Times: Memoirs (1981) ch 6
- Richard Parker, John Kenneth Galbraith (2005) pp 132-52:
- Richard Parker, John Kenneth Galbraith (2005) p 156-71
- Galbraith, A Life in Our Times ch 16
- Galbraith, A Life in Our Times p 247, 255; Parker, pp. 203, 216
- "India-China war 'accidental:' Galbraith", Colonel Anil Athale (retd), retrieved 12 October 2008.
- "Past AEA Officers". American Economic Association. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AEA/officerspast.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 1987 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies; retrieved 2011-05-31
- Order of Canada citation, from the website of the Governor General of Canada
- "John Kenneth Galbraith in St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 21, 1999. http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/1999/10/21/nf_galbraith991021.html. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- "The Age of Uncertainty", episode content, retrieved 30 May 2007
- Political Economy: The Contest of Economic Ideas, 2002, by Frank Stilwell
- (Galbraith, 1958 The Affluent Society: Chapter 2 "The Concept of Conventional Wisdom")
- Galbraith interview with Colonel Anil Athale (retd), July 2003
- Adams, Philip (1999). Interview on Radio National, Late Night Live. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/lnl/stories/s64155.htm.. Accessed 17 January 2006.
- Sharpe, Mike (2006). John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-2006. Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, 49 (4):7.
- John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society & Other Writings, 1952-1967 (New York: The Library of America, 2010) ISBN 978-1-59853-077-3
- Galbraith, John K (1970). "Economics as a System of Belief" (PDF). American Economic Review 60 (2): 469–78. http://cas.umkc.edu/econ/AFEE/EconomicsAsaSystemofBelief.pdf.[dead link]
- Galbraith JK. (1977). Money: Where It Came, Whence It Went. Houghton Mifflin.
- Madrick, J. (May 26, 2005). "A Mind of His Own." Review of John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Economics, His Politics. The New York Review of Books.
- Paul Krugman. Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in an Age of Diminished Expectations. (Scranton, Pennsylvania: W. W. Norton, 1994), 10-15.
- ISBN 0-395-39382-5
- Richard Parker, John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics, New York: Farrar, Straus and Girousx,2005, p.435; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5HQ_J-rwFg&feature=relmfu Bill Moyers interviews James K. Galbraith about John Kenneth Galbraith Part 4.
- ISBN 0-395-31135-7
- Promotional website for John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics
- Liberal thinker JK Galbraith dies, an April 2006 BBC article
- Order of Canada Citation
- Galbraith receives prestigious award, a June 2001 Harvard News Gazette article
- John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society and Other Writings 1952–1967 (ed. James K. Galbraith, New York: The Library of America, 2010) ISBN 978-1-59853-077-3
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- The Galbraith Revival, City Journal, Winter 2010
- Galbraith biography at econlib.org
- The History of Economic Thought Profile
- Noble, Holcomb B.; Martin, Douglas (April 30, 2006). "John Kenneth Galbraith, 97, Dies; Economist Held a Mirror to Society". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/30/obituaries/30galbraith.html?ex=1304049600&en=c486b75860ff8fb3&ei=5090. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Feeney, Mark (April 30, 2006). "John Kenneth Galbraith, writer, economist, dies". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2006/04/30/john_kenneth_galbraith_writer_economist_dies/.
- Barnes, Bart (May 1, 2006). "John Kenneth Galbraith; Popularized Modern Economics". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/30/AR2006043000422.html. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- CBC Obituary
- Associated Press Obituary via USA Today
- Harvard University's Obituary "John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, professor, and author: Harvard icon dies at 97"
- In May 2011, the VOA Special English service of the Voice of America broadcast a 15-minute program on John Kenneth Galbraith. A transcript and MP3 of the program, intended for English learners, can be found at John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908-2006: He Influenced Economic Thought for Many Years
- Booknotes interview with Galbraith on A Journey Through Economic Time, November 13, 1994.
- Speech by John Kenneth Galbraith on March 22, 1968, discussing the impact of Vietnam on American life. From the University of Alabama's Emphasis Symposium on Contemporary Issues.
|United States Ambassador to India|
1961 – 1963
|Name||Galbraith, John Kenneth|
|Short description||American diplomat|
|Date of birth||October 15, 1908|
|Place of birth||Iona Station, Ontario, Canada|
|Date of death||April 29, 2006|
|Place of death||Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|