Charles (Charlie)
10/12/1910 - 7/7/2003

Charles Kindleberger was an economic historian and American monetary and trade economist. Kindleberger began his career in the Federal Reserve System. During World War II, he was employed at the Office of Strategic Services — lineal to the CIA. Post-war, Kindleberger stayed with the US state government, attending on matters related to European rehabilitation. In 1948, Kindleberger departed from government office and moved into academe, joining the faculty at MIT where he would stay for the remainder of his career.

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  • 1944 Bronze Star
  • 1945 Legion of Merit
  • 1966 Dr. h.c., University of Paris
  • 1977 Dr. h.c., University of Ghent
  • 1978 Harms Prize, Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel
  • 1984 Dr. Sci. h.c., University of Pennsylvania
  • 1989 Bicentennial Medal, Georgetown University


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Economic Association, President 1985
  • Royal Economic Society (UK)
  • Economic History Association
  • Economic History Society (UK)
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Corresponding Fellow, British Academy