Roy Weintraub was trained as a mathematician and began his career as a mathematical economist. In the 1980s he reconstructed his research and teaching activities to focus upon the history of the interconnection between mathematics and economics in the twentieth century. That work, in the history of economics, helped shape the understanding of economists and historians: his General Equilibrium Theory (1985), Stabilizing Dynamics (1991), Toward a History of Game Theory (ed.) (1992), How Economics Became a Mathematical Science (2002) and (with Till Düppe) Finding Equilibrium: Arrow, Debreu, McKenzie and the Problem of Scientific Credit (2014) chart the transformation of economics from a historical to a mathematical discipline. In recent years his work has turned more self-consciously historiographic, resulting in edited volumes on The Future of the History of Economics (2002), Economists Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics (2007, with Evelyn Forget), and MIT and the Transformation of American Economics (2014). A former President of the History of Economics Society, his books and articles have been variously translated into Japanese, Chinese, French, Greek, Spanish, Hungarian, and Italian. Currently he is Associate Editor of the History of Political Economy. In 2011 he was named a “Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society”.
He has held visiting positions at the University of Hawaii, UCLA, the
University of Rome, the University of Bristol, the University of Venice, and
the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. He has been one of the few economists
honored by a fellowship year at the
A native of the Philadelphia area, Professor Weintraub received his A.B.
degree in mathematics from Swarthmore College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in
applied mathematics from the