It is not often that one man has such a profound impact on the world and the field of public policy. Thomas Schelling was such a man. It is with great sadness that we share with you news of his passing this morning.
Schelling found his home at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and Department of Economics in 1990, after twenty years at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2005 he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis."
The breadth of his academic interests, publications, and his impact on public policy was as far-reaching as his supporters and followers.
While Tom was best known for receiving the Nobel Prize, to us he was a teacher, leader and a truly beloved member of our community. His presence, ideas and collaborations were valued by his colleagues, and the grand connections he forged far and wide were humbled by his personal ties with his appreciative students. In fact at one Maryland Day, students celebrated his success by noshing on Tom’s favorite sandwich - peanut butter and jelly on raisin bread.
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