Zvi Griliches: The prophet of R&D

A distinguished Harvard Economics professor with a passion for Israel.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
April 27, 2018 13:21
Zvi Griliches: The prophet of R&D

Zvi Griliches: On April 17, the Technion’s Samuel Neaman Insitute announced the Griliches Research Data Center in his memory. (photo credit: DIANE ASSÉO GRILICHES)

 
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ON THURSDAY April 12, Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed. To mark this day, albeit belatedly, here is the improbable story of a small boy with impaired vision who survived the Holocaust (barely), in Dachau, made it to Palestine (via Cyprus) as an orphan, closed the gap of eight years of missed schooling in six months, became a famous Harvard economics professor, and did research that changed forever how Israel and the world invested in innovation and in Research and Development.

His name is Zvi Griliches, well known to economists but less so to the general public.

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