Family, friends and colleagues of the late Paul Samuelson will celebrate the MIT economist’s life and legacy during a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, in Kresge Auditorium.
Samuelson, the Nobel laureate whose mathematical analysis provided the foundation on which modern economics is built and whose textbook influenced generations of students, died in December at the age of 94.
MIT Institute Professor Emeritus Robert Solow will emcee the event, which will feature remarks by MIT President Susan Hockfield; Ricardo Caballero, the Ford International Professor of Economics and head of MIT’s Department of Economics; Samuelson’s son, William; Lawrence Summers ’75, the director of U.S. President Barack Obama's National Economics Council who formerly served as U.S. Treasury secretary and Harvard University president; Stanley Fischer PhD ’69, an emeritus member of the MIT faculty and governor of the Bank of Israel; Nobel laureate and former MIT Professor Paul Krugman PhD ’77; James Poterba, the Mitsui Professor of Economics and former head of MIT’s Department of Economics; and commodities trader Helmut Weymar ’58, PhD ’65.
A reception will follow the service in Kresge lobby until 2 p.m. Parking will be available at the West Annex Lot.