Edmund Phelps, Amherst ’55, just won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Given the quality of Williams’ Economics department, I started wondering if a Williams graduate had won the same prize, and found that Robert Engle ’64 did, back in 2003. However, my Economics department theory was wrong — he was a Physics major. In the press release issued by NYU, it notes that his idea of a grand time as a teenager was to bike over to the Swarthmore College Library during the summer and read physics books.

Any other Williams College-educated Nobel Prize winners that people know of? Wikipedia doesn’t list any, although it does list Robert Engle as a winner.

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