Lawrence H. Summers | 2017 Whitehead Award Honoree
Lawrence H. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University and the Weil Director of the Mossa¬var-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School. During the past two decades, he held senior policy positions in Washington, DC, including the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Bill Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council for President Barack Obama and Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank.
Mr. Summers holds a B.S. from MIT and a Ph.D. from Harvard. In 1983, he became one of the youngest individuals in recent history to become a tenured faculty member of Harvard University.
In 1987, Mr. Summers became the first social scientist to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation, and in 1993 he won the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded bi-annually to an outstanding American economist under the age of 40. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife and six children.