Hugo F. Sonnenschein

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Hugo Freund Sonnenschein (born November 14, 1940, New York
New York City
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) is a prominent American
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 economist
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 and educational administrator. Currently the Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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, his specialty is microeconomic theory
Microeconomics
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; with a particular interest in game theory
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. He served as the 11th president of the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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 (1993–2000), and remains a member of the university's Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as Provost of Princeton University
Princeton University
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 and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
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. Sonnenschein attended the University of Rochester
University of Rochester
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 for his undergraduate studies from 1957–1961, and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University
Purdue University
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 in 1964. He is known for the Sonnenschein–Mantel–Debreu theorem.

Curricular reform


During his tenure as president of the University of Chicago, the faculty made significant changes to the curriculum, including a reduction to the required number of "Core" courses in the College. This move was met with much controversy.

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