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Galbraith, John Kenneth

A notable economist, academician, and ambassador, John Kenneth Galbraith was born in the small town of Iona Station, Ontario, Canada, on October 15, 1908. After spending five years at Ontario Agricultural College, he migrated to the United States in 1931. He became an American citizen after six years. He was attached to Harvard University for about five decades. A liberal in his political belief, Galbraith was an adviser to President John F. Kennedy and served as ambassador to India (1961–63). He was also a widely traveled person. A prolific writer on economics, Galbraith penned books such as American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power (1952), The Affluent Society (1958), Economics and the Art of Controversy (1955), Economic Development in Perspective (1962), The New Industrial State ...

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