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A Brilliant Madness: American Nobel Economists
Harry M. Markowitz

Born in Chicago in 1927, Markowitz was the only son of parents who owned a small grocery store. Growing up, he played the violin and enjoyed comic books and adventure stories, like The Shadow series, before switching to readings in philosophy and science. After attending the University of Chicago, he became a student researcher at the Cowles Commission and worked at RAND. He was cited by the Swedish Academy of Sciences for developing the theory of portfolio choice.

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